SA finest road runners eye Tuks Race

2012-02-07 14:10

Top South African road runners will descend on the University of Pretoria grounds to line up in the Bestmed Tuks Race next Saturday.

London Olympic Games-bound pair of Rene Kalmer and Stephen Mokoka are some of the prominent local marathon runners who have confirmed their participation at the yearly race.

Kalmer has already notched up two A-standard qualifying times to seal her place in Team SA’s provisional team while Mokoka ran the fastest qualifying time in the men’s category.

Mokoka is the defending Tuks Race champion in the 10km and he is tipped to defend the title he won in a record time of 29.32.

Another long distance sensation, Sibusiso Nzima, will be back to defend his 21km crown he won last year in 1:05.56 which was just 49 seconds off the record mark.

“The pressure is off me now that I have qualified for the Olympics. I will run the 21km to maintain my fitness levels,” said Kalmer today at the launch of this year’s event in Sandton.

More than R60 000 prize money has been made available with the first man and woman each guaranteed R5 000 in the 21km and R3 000 in the 10km race.

Last year the event attracted international runners such as half-marathon specialist Mamorallo Tjoka of Lesotho and Rutendo Nyahora from Zimbabwe who scooped the 21km and 10km competition, respectively.

The two won’t be available this year and race experts view the duo’s absence as paving the way for locals to run away with the two distances.

The race, which the organisers say is expecting 15 000 entries, will start and finish at the University of Pretoria grounds.

» For the race entries, call Professor Vollie Spies on 082 821 6952, Danie Slabbert on 083 376 7768 or Danie Cornelius on 083 417 7377.

Alternatively, you can visit www.entrytime.com or www.sa-active.co.za for online entries.

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