New start, finish for Soweto Race

- Sowetan Reporter

NEW Old Mutual Soweto Marathon race director Danny Blumberg hopes this year’s event will become Africa’s version of the New York City Marathon.

Blumberg, who took over the role of race director for The People’s Race this year, rolled up his sleeves and got working on an event that he believes has the potential to become “the premium marathon in the country”.

A major change in 2016 will see the race’s start and finish being hosted at FNB Stadium, or The Calabash.

“We would like this to be the Boston or New York marathon of South Africa, and having the start and finish at the iconic stadium will most certainly assist with this,” Blumberg said at the launch yesterday.

The organisers invite athletes to “Be Part of The People’s Race: A Movement Greater Than Yourself”.

This, they said, encourages South Africans to learn more about Soweto and exposes internatio­nal runners to one of the most vibrant parts of the country.

The route honours Soweto’s rich history and runners will pass six significan­t heritage sites.

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