Praise for successful local race

2014-11-20 00:00

AS the Edendale community celebrates the success of the 2014 Greater Edendale 10 km Race and Fun Run this past Sunday, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has conveyed its gratitude to the runners, supporters, stakeholders, volunteers and the public for their role in the event.

The eighth edition of the race showcased some of the country’s top athletes while ensuring a day of fun and excitement for the local community. The running attraction is jointly hosted by the CMA, Msunduzi Municipality, Msunduzi-Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA), Edendale Athletics Club and Edendale Eyethu.

Sunday’s 10 km race and five-kilometre fun run attracted just over 2 000 runners, including the active participation of the local schools. Supporters cheered the runners at a packed FNB Wadley Stadium in Georgetown, Edendale.

“It is very encouraging to see this race growing bigger and bigger every year,” said Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela. “… It is my hope that this wonderful event grows from strength to strength and that more sponsors find value in investing in such sporting initiatives.”

Prize money totalling nearly R15 000 was awarded to the winners in various categories, including walkers. First man, Siyabonga Nkonde, and first woman, Lingo Chara, each received a first prize of R2 500. The two winning schools were Swanzwili Primary School with 539 finishers and Esigodini Primary School with 506 finishers.

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