Thousands to be won in race

2018-11-21 06:01

The third Free State O.R. Tambo Marathon will be held on Sunday (25/11) in Bloemfontein.

The race is significant on the South African calendar as it serves as a qualifier for two big marathons in the country, the Two Oceans Marathon and the Comrades Marathon.

A total amount of R740 000 in prize money is up for grabs in the different races.

Athletes will compete in four categories, namely 42,2 km, 21,1 km, 10 km and 5 km.

The marathon will start and finish at the Free State Rugby Stadium.

Club registrations takes place at the Achilles Running Club (on the corner of Att Horak Street and Parfitt Avenue) from 17:00 to 20:00 on Wednesday (21/11) to Friday (23/11).

Club registrations can also be done at the Achilles Running Club from 09:00 to 15:00 on Saturday (24/11).

No entries will be accepted on the day of the race.

The entry fee for the 42,2 km is R200 but those aged 60 years and older pay R100.

For the 21,1 km, the entry fee is R140 but those aged 60 years and older pay R70.

The entry fee for the 10 km is R100 but those aged 60 years and older pay R50.

The entry fee for the 5 km is R50.

Ethiopians and Kenyans dominated the men and women 42,2 km race in the two previous editions.

Asefa Negewo from Ethiopia won the men’s category while Shitaye Gemechu from Ethiopia won the women’s category in 2016.

Bernard Chumba and Joan Rotich, both from Kenya, won the 2017 men and women category in the 42,2 km.

The race is named in honour of Oliver Reginald Tambo, who was a prominent leader of the ANC.

The marathon is held according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Athletics South Africa (ASA), Free State Athletics (FSA) and competition specific rules.

The provincial Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation is the main sponsor.

The department has teamed-up with the Free State Sport Confederation (FSSC), FSA and the Achilles Running Club to host the marathon.

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