RUNNERS will be battling it out for the top prize of R15 000 at the 21 km Ced-Matat Annual Heritage Race this Sunday, October 14. The event will be held in the small town of Cedarville, outside Matatiele, and was organised by the Ced-Matat Athletics Club with the assistance of Matatiele Local Municipality and the Eastern Cape Department of Sport and Recreation. The marathon was initiated in 2013.One of the organisers, Thabiso Mohoto, said runners from Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape have shown interest in participating in the marathon.“The marathon was established to build social cohesion, fight crime and champion young development in the country. The event has received lots of support from local businesses and stakeholders,” he said.Last year, the marathon was held at North End Stadium in Matatiele. The 21 km race was won by Lesotho runner David Manja in a time of 1:06 last year and in 2016 by Jobo Khatoane, also from Lesotho, in a time of 1:07. Mohoto has confirmed that Khatoane will be running the Ced-Matat Annual Heritage Race this Sunday, while Manja will be running elsewhere. Another runner, in the female category, Rutendo Nyahora from Zimbabwe, finished the 21 km race first in a time of 1:19 last year and was followed by Umzimkhulu runner Jeneta Mbhele, who finished in 1:22. The 21 km race will start at 6 am from Swartberg Junction on the R56 road, the 5 km race from Cedarberg Junction, and the 1.5 km race from Cedarville Police Station. The finishing point for all races is Cedarville Sports Ground.The prize money for the 21 km race is R15 000, with R5 000 for the 5 km race and R300 on offer for the 1.5 km. Only runners 16 years old and above will be allowed to run the 21 km, runners 12 years old and between seven and 11 years old may run the 1.5 km. “Runners who have failed to adhere to the terms and conditions of the marathon will be disqualified from participating,” said Mohoto. Kokstad runner Thandabantu Rhafuza, who walked 5 km at Kokstad Link Pharmacy Marathon last month, has confirmed his participation in the Ced-Matat Annual Heritage Marathon. He said he will be running the 5 km.