All you need to know

CityPress - - Sport -

Start and fin­ish point

Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre, Soweto

Dis­tances and start times

42.2km (6am) 21.1km (6.30am) 10km (7am)

Prize money

42.2km (R100 000) 21.1km (R10 000) 10km (R5 000)

Im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.