Gandamp;B marathon this weekend

2015-10-14 06:00
Hosted by the Amanzimtoti Athletic Club, this is the 26th year the         marathon is taking place and the 11th year it is being sponsored by Goss and Balfe.
 Photo:
supplied

Hosted by the Amanzimtoti Athletic Club, this is the 26th year the marathon is taking place and the 11th year it is being sponsored by Goss and Balfe. Photo: supplied

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SUNDAY, 18 October is the Sapphire­ Coast Goss and Balfe Marathon when runners can once again look forward to this popular marathon, the only KwaZulu-Natal marathon to offer an enjoyable free train ride to competitors before the race starts.

Hosted by the Amanzimtoti Athletic Club, this is the 26th year the marathon is taking place and the 11th year it is being sponsored by Goss and Balfe.

Amanzimtoti Athletic Club chairman, Desmond van der Merwe, said: “Competitors can choose either the 42.2km run or the 21.1km run or walk. The 42.2km marathon is an official 2016 Comrades and Two Oceans qualifier.”

Runners will board one of two trains at the Amanzimtoti station at 5am and will be dropped at Ilfracombe station for the 21.1km and Scottburgh for the 42.2km with the finish for all races at Hutchison Park in Amanzimtoti.

“The committee is working hard to make sure that this year’s race is once again a huge success and one of the best races to qualify for the 2016 Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon. Picturesque views while running alongside the Indian Ocean, combined with the novelty of the train trip is part of what makes this race so special. “Last year we had a bumper number of entries and the marathon has grown exponentially in popularity so we urge athletes to enter early to avoid disappointment as the race is limited to 2000 entrants,” said Van der Merwe­.

Sapphire Coast Tourism said they are excited to partner with this prestigious event as it grows from strength to strength. “We are certain that the scenic view along our beautiful coastline will help to relieve some of the aches and pains. We wish the organisers and athletes all the best,” said an organisation spokesperson. - Supplied

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