Club stages 15 km race

2016-03-16 06:00

THE Real Lions Athletics Club in Welkom is staging a 15 km race as the main event of its annual race.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday (19/03), starting and finishing at the Welkom Technical High School.

The 4,6 km fun run will still be part of the annual event.

The record set 27 years ago by one of South Africa’s greatest athletes, Xolile Yawa, in the men’s category of the 15 km, is the benchmark for athletes. Yawa set a South African record of 43:02 in 1989.

German Ditshoane, the club’s manager and coach, said the introduction of the 15 km was aimed at improving the standard of competition and inspiring runners to strive to break the record set by stalwart Yawa.

Ditshoane said Yawa’s record would be used by youngsters to measure themselves as to the type of athletes they should strive to be, as well as the goal they would like to achieve.

The first athlete – in both the men’s and women’s categories – to reach the 10 km mark and also finish the 15 km in the top ten, will receive a R400 bonus prize. Athletes reaching the 10 km mark must therefore be very sure they still finish in the top in order to qualify for this bonus. The winners of the 15 km race will receive R1 000 (both for the men’s and the women’s categories), while second and third positions will get R750 and R500 respectively.

The winners will also receive gold medals.

Registration for the 15 km race costs R50 and it costs R25 to register for the 4,6 km fun run.

The school entering the most athletes will receive a trophy.

Direct enquiries to Ditshoane on ­076-579-1442.

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