Only one week to go
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.
EASY: From left, Bulela Sidloyi and Camilles Fourie in the 2013 Bonkolo Marathon
UNDER THE RAINBOW: Runners in an earlier Twizza Bonkolo marathon head for the finish line at the dam