Maritzburg Marathon weekend

2017-02-22 06:02
John Hall, race director of the Maritzburg Marathon, at the media briefing ahead of the race this weekend. PHOTO: jonathan burton

John Hall, race director of the Maritzburg Marathon, at the media briefing ahead of the race this weekend. PHOTO: jonathan burton

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SCOTTSVILLE Racecourse is ready to receive the 2017 runners of the Maritzburg Marathon this weekend.

With the new venue announced and changed only a few weeks ago, all plans are ready and under way for the marathon’s main event on Sunday.

Race director John Hall said that the new venue will not only bring about a different atmosphere to the race but will also help to root out the issues of theft and car break-ins which have plagued other races over the years.

“Golden Horse has been absolutely amazing. We were able to put the plans in place quickly and arrange the finish and new route of the marathon.

“Although the route remains largely unchanged, it is the finish that has changed a little.

“The race this year will be faster and more enjoyable for the runners and the dynamics have changed. Pacing will be important this year.

“The new venue has completely changed the face of the Maritzburg Marathon.

“We believe we have as secure an area as we can offer our runners and spectators,” said Hall.

There are various activities that will take place over the race weekend, beginning with the flame-lighting ceremony and concert on Friday.

The concert is sponsored by Khayelihle and is free to enter.

It will start at 6 pm and end at 10 pm. It will include acts from artists in the Khayelihle Entertainment stable.

On Saturday, there will be trail runs and marafuns taking place, with the main event on Sunday that includes the 42 km marathon, the half marathon of 21 kms and the 10 km event. The prize giving will take place at Scottsville Racecourse.

Headline sponsors The Witness, will run the full results of the race in the paper on February 27.

Kuben Chetty, acting editor of The Witness, said that it is a pleasure to be associated with the Maritzburg Marathon.

“We are immensely proud and blessed to be partners.

“This race encourages the youngsters to participate and helps get them off the streets and involved in sport which keeps them away from other social ills,” he said.

Road closures will begin early on Sunday morning and will be posted on the Maritzburg FeverFacebook page later on in the week.

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