Cape Town Marathon: Ramaala urges locals to keep up with pace

2014-09-20 18:05

South African marathon legend Hendrick Ramaala says he is looking forward to marking his first race in a distance of the 42km on home soil when he lines up in the revamped Sanlam Cape Town Marathon tomorrow morning.

The 42-year-old will be among the 12?500 who are expected at the starting line at Sea Point with one eye on the R265?000 prize purse for the first man and woman home.

The race has attracted a contingent of accomplished runners from East Africa, with a strong field that boasts seven men who have run under two hours, 10 minutes (2:10:00) and three women who have gone under 2:30:00.

Ramaala told City Press ahead of the race: “It’s good that the Kenyans are here because they will set the pace to try and run under 2:10 and we as the locals, must just follow.”

Among the Kenyans to watch are:

»?Josphat Kamzee (two-time winner of the Taipei Marathon, with a personal best (PB) time of 2:08:44 he set in 2012)

»?Beatrice Toroitich (finished third at the 2012 Hamburg Marathon in a PB of 2:27:41

»?Sammy Kitwara (three-time winner of the World’s Best 10k in Puerto Rico) and;

»?Moses Mosop (who clocked 2:03:06 on the downhill Boston course in 2011).

According to the race organisers, more than 4?500 runners – representing 45 countries – are set to compete in the 42km race while 8?000 have entered the trail runs, relay, fun run, and Peace 10km that will feature Kenyan 800m legend Wilson Kipketer.

Ramaala arrived in Cape Town this morning and said he was able to get a feel for the course.

“The course is fine overall but it will be a bit challenging from the 23k point right up to just over the 30k mark. I have done all the training and I am in good shape,” said the 2004 New York Marathon winner.

Ramaala said he fancied a top 10 finish especially after doing well in his last race in Cape Town five months ago.

The SA half marathon record holder was placed second, albeit in an ultra-marathon, when he debuted in the 56km at the Two Oceans Marathon in April.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon quick facts

»?42km race starts at 7.30am

»?Route starts and finishes at Green Point A track, Cape Town

»?Cut off time is eight hours

»?Rewards include prize money, goodie bags, giveaways and medals

»?Payment of Prize money: Money will only be transferred once full doping results are received

»?The marathon is a qualifying race for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans and the Comrades Ultra-Marathons

»?Racetec time chips are being used and if no time-chip is purchased no result or position will be recorded. For runners who already own an existing yellow winning chip or an orange race tec chip there is no need to purchase another.

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