No snail mail for marathon runners

2010-01-06 00:00

RUNNERS don’t trust snail-mail, and so those who want to run the Maritzburg Marathon next month will have to collect their application forms personally, or enter online.

At least 35 000 athletes are expected to participate in the race. 

An SMS message from the organisers was sent to runners yesterday saying that due to the unreliability of the postal service, those participants who normally receive their applications via the Post Office should collect them in the areas where they will be available, or apply over the Internet.

This was confirmed by John Hall, the organiser of the marathon.

Hall said due to the difficulties the Maritzburg Marathon organisers have experienced in the past with regard to delivery, this year they opted not to post all the applications.

“Normally, all those who have been participating in the marathon have their applications posted to them. However, for the past three years we have had problems with the delivery at the Post Office as some of the material does not get to the people.”

He said they estimate that about 10% of their post does not make it to its intended destination. “If you consider the cost implication of mailing the applications, that is a lot of money,” said Hall.

Hall said they had never raised the issue with the Post Office. “The message is not about the service at the Post Office, but we are telling our participants not to expect their applications to come from the Post Office.”

He said the applications will be available throughout January in Poobie Naidoo and other sports shops and at Postnet outlets.

Attempts to get comment from the Post Office were unsuccessful as the communications officer, Nobuhle Njapha, is on leave.

She apparently has no stand-in and no one in Post Office senior management was available for comment as their phones rang unanswered.

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