PMB race’s new features

2012-10-26 00:00

NEW and exciting features have been added to the 2013 Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon, powered by Clover.

The marathon, used by many as a qualifier for the Comrades Marathon, was launched at the Protea Hotel Imperial yesterday.

The event will take place on Sunday, February 24.

The new features to the marathon, which tours historic streets and suburbs in the city, include a 10 km race and a disposable timing chip.

Race director John Hall said: “This economical and practical system will allow us to give actual as well as gun time.

“Apart from the start and finish, there will be intermediate timing mats which will record around eight kilometre, 14 km, 29 km and 35 km.”

Organisers are also developing a runner history page where people will be able to see and compare their past performances.

“As the site develops, it won’t only show you the parking, but will guide you there as well. Embedded in the map will be features like the 360 finish layout, courtesy of the helicam.”

A new informative route map is also being developed.

“The new informative route map … will not only show the route, features, sites and points of interest, but will also offer accommodation and hospitality venues’ proximity to the route,” Hall said.

He said they will use the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and local media for the buildup to the race.

There are several sponsors and organisations involved in the race, including The Witness.

Dave Erasmus, national sales and marketing general manager at The Witness, said he is happy to be a part of the event’s growth.

“We are proud and pleased to be involved in such an event,” he said.

Entries for both the 21,1 km half-marathon and the 42,2 km marathon will open on November 1, 2012 and close when the maximum 5 000 entries have been received, or at midnight on February 6, 2013.

No further entries will be taken.

— Witness Reporter.

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