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Out­look for an­other great event


ON Satur­day Novem­ber 7, hun­dreds of ath­letes will gather at the scenic Bonkolo Dam on the out­skirts of Queen­stown for the Twizza Bonkolo Marathon.

This year will mark the 39th year of the marathon and the 25th of the half marathon, with the event a qual­i­fier for the Two Oceans and the Com­rades Marathons.

“On­line en­tries closed last Fri­day but en­tries are still be­ing re­ceived per fax from as far as Gaut­eng, North­ern Cape and Natal,” Queen­stown Har­ri­ers pres­i­dent Theo Fer­reira said this week.

It is ex­pected that en­tries will be up on last year.

Newly in­tro­duced to the event is an elec­tronic tim­ing de­vice which will be used this year to record the run­ners’ fin­ish­ing time.

A whop­ping 23 re­fresh­ment sta­tions will cater for the run­ners’ re­quire­ments with the Twizza Bonkolo marathon hav­ing a sound rep­u­ta­tion for its friendly and well-manned wa­ter points.

Fer­reira said about 2 000 bot­tles of Twizza cola will be con­sumed and ice will be avail­able to keep the drinks cold.

The run­ners will end the chal­leng­ing routes back at the dam dur­ing the day af­ter pound­ing the streets of Queen­stown, much to the de­light of scores of on­look­ers who an­nu­ally gather to share in the fes­tive vibe of the event.

More de­tails of the run­ners who may be re­turn­ing to this year’s event will be pub­lished in The Rep next week.

Pic­ture: FILE

EASY: From left, Bulela Sid­loyi and Camilles Fourie in the 2013 Bonkolo Marathon

Pic­ture: FILE

UN­DER THE RAIN­BOW: Run­ners in an ear­lier Twizza Bonkolo marathon head for the fin­ish line at the dam

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