2010 draw kicks half marathon out of Durban

2007-11-17 00:00

The 2010 World Cup is already impacting on other events in South Africa, with a restriction imposed on all events in the central and King's Park area driving this Sunday's Harmony Half Marathon Challenge out to Pinetown where it will start and finish at Lahee Park.

This means that the course will be somewhat hillier and more challenging than the planned beachfront option, but there will also be a single lap of 10 km open to both runners and walkers.

Entries will be taken this afternoon at Lahee Park from 2 to 5 pm and on race morning from 4.30 am.

The main cause of the move from King's Park is the large number of VIP, media and visitors expected for the preliminary draw for 2010. In most countries, the hosting of a road race would be seen as an opportunity for authorities and federations to allow the citizens and visitors to Ethekwini Municipality to celebrate and show support for the World Cup.

The fact that a race was already organised and on the list would be seen as a benefit, not a problem. It's just disappointing that there seems to be a lack of vision and initiative to work together across departments and sports to create more win-win situations.

The upgrading of the floodlights at King's Park stadium saw last night's youth, junior and senior league meeting postponed until today. This track meeting focuses on a short and novel programme of “odd” distances and events such as 300 metres and 1 000 metres, making it ideal for runners to try their hand at some faster racing.

Athletes should register at least one hour before their event with the first event starting at 9.30 am and the last scheduled for noon. For more information contact Simphiwe Dlamini at KZN Athletics on 031 312 9374.

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