Cash and medals giv e rural youth a taste of Comrades experience
WITH only a few days to go before the C omrades M arathon, thousands of K waZuluNatal youth are ready to taste the Comrades experience when they participate in the KZN Youth Run in Durban on S aturday.
A s trong field of close t o 10 000 youth runners is expected to line up f or the 5 km and 10 km r aces w hich will s tart at King’s Park Athletic Stadium and finish at the adjacent rugby outer fields at 8 am.
The Youth Run is held annually on the e ve of the C omrades Marathon and is part of the programme to unearth talent, which is funded by the KwaZuluNatal Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with KwaZuluNatal A thletics.
Scores of Comrades Marathon runners also use the r ace as a warmup e xercise bef ore taking on the gruelling ultr amarathon between Durban and Piet ermaritzburg.
MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and R ecreation, B ongi SitholeMoloi, said the Y outh Run provides a good platform for youth to showcase their t alent.
“The Youth Run has over the years grown to become one of the most pr ominent e vents on our youth development calendar.
“The aim is t o e xpose the youth, e specially those fr om township and rural areas, to the experience and feel of the Comrades Marathon so that they can be encouraged to take up athletics as their sport of choice,” said SitholeMoloi.
Top 10 winner s in the 1 419 years age group boys’ and gir ls’ categories will receive prize money of between R100 and R1 000 for the winner s and medals. Schools that pr oduce the mos t finishers will shar e the R15 000 prize money, with the top school getting R5 000. — SR.