All you need to know
Start and finish point
Nasrec Expo Centre, Soweto
Distances and start times
42.2km (6am) 21.1km (6.30am) 10km (7am)
42.2km (R100 000) 21.1km (R10 000) 10km (R5 000)
Walkers will not be allowed to compete in the half-marathon and chairperson James Moloi said: “This is the first time the race has attracted 21 000 participants. It used to average around 10 000.”
Moloi will run the 10km event alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura, SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam, and other politicians and administrators.
With a R100 000 first prize at stake, the marathon could prove to be easy money for the east African athletes. marathon events.
Participants are not allowed to use earphones and iPods, and other media players during the race for safety reasons. The use of these items will lead to immediate disqualification. This does not apply to hearing aids.
Race packs can be collected from Thursday (October 30) until Saturday (November 1) between 9am and 7pm at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Legendary local marathon runner Hendrick Ramaala said most foreign runners found the South African marathon scene easier to negotiate.
“The best runners are going for top marathons like Berlin and New York. The ones who come here know the locals are not that competitive,” said Ramaala. SA distance runners Lusapho April and Stephen Mokoka will line up in New York and Shanghai, respectively, on the day of the Soweto Marathon.