Maritzburg marathon: packed to capacity

2011-02-28 00:00

ALTHOUGH KZN’s Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, missed qualifying for the Comrades Marathon by 25 minutes when he took part in the 15th annual Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon yesterday, he was happy to finish the popular event.

After the race Dhlomo said he still has another race in KZN before participating in the Two Oceans Marathon where he is hoping he will be able to qualify for the Comrades Marathon. “I have already registered for the Comrades Marathon and all I need to do is qualify for it,” he said. “I see people coming from Russia to participate in the Comrades Marathon and paying a lot of money to do so, and I stay in KZN. I think it is very cheap for the people of this province to take part in the Comrades Marathon.”

He said by running this race he wants to demonstrate a good healthy lifestyle, adding that physical activity “will delay conditions like diabetes and heart attacks”.

Event organiser John Hall said the race had 4 000 entries. “Despite all the problems we had, the municipality did all it could to make this race a success. The testimony of success can be seen with all the happy faces that we see from runners.”

The organisers especially thank Mayor Mike Tarr, all the municipal staff and SAPS. “We must have refused about 1 000 late entries because we wanted to have a successful event,” said Hall.

This year more than 50 foreign runners from 14 countries participated, but runner Nkosinathi Sibiya from New Hanover said, “The organisers need to get more sponsors to attract top athletes from all over the world because this is a big race in Pietermaritzburg and R300 first prize money is not good for it.”

Race report: page 23

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