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Durban's Annual Events

January: The Dusi Canoe Marathon is a 120-km kayak race that runs between Pietermaritzburg and Durban along the Msunduzi (Duzi River. It's regarded as one of the toughest canoe events in the world and takes place over three days. www.dusi.org.za.

April: Splashy Fen, South Africa's longest-running and most renowned annual music festival, turns 22 in 2010. It takes place outdoors on a Midlands farm and the lineup includes some of SA's top bands. www.splashyfen.co.za.

May: The Comrades Marathon is the world's oldest and largest ultra-marathon—approximately 90 km between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The race route changes annually, and the 2010 marathon on May 30 (the 85th running of the race will see runners doing the "down" run ending in Durban. www.comrades.com.

June/July: Dubbed "The Greatest Shoal on Earth," the Sardine Run is regarded as one of nature's most amazing migrations. Starting along the South Coast and moving up to Durban, sardine shoals of 20–30 km (12–18 mi are followed by some 20,000 dolphins, birds, and sharks. The spectacle can be viewed from the beach or at various dive spots. www.sardinerun.co.za.

From the end of June to the beginning of July, surfing fans head to Ballito for Mr Price PRO, one of the longest-running professional surfing events in the world; it was established in 1969. www.mrpricepro.com.

July: The Durban July is South Africa's most prestigious horse race. Tens of thousands descend on Greyville Racecourse to partake in one of the year's biggest social events and to watch the ponies run. www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za.

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