5 km Route – Start on the Umhlanga Rocks Main Beach, in front of the Millennium Stage and run some 700m on the beach sand, pass underneath the Whalebone Pier in front of the Pearls, on your way to the iconic Lighthouse. Exit the beach, with a couple of steps, around the Lighthouse and onto the Promenade in front of the Oyster Box Hotel. Run back on the promenade for 1.7km, past the Lighthouse Café, La Spiaggia and Umhlanga Sands Hotel.
At the Breakers Resort, enter the Hawaan Dune Forest for 1.1km of unspoilt single track with two wooden bridge river crossings. Exit the forest, at the lagoon mouth, onto the beach and join the runners from the 18km and 12km routes. Head back on the sand for 800m before getting onto the promenade. 300m further at Bronze Beach, take the small walkway, sea side of the promenade, for the final 600m to the finish at the Millenium Stage. Numerous water taps are available on the Promenade. The route is marked and race marshals will be on duty.