Cash and medals giv e rural youth a taste of Com­rades ex­pe­ri­ence

The Witness - - SPORT -

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.

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