First JG Zuma Marathon, a great success

2015-04-29 14:17

ALTHOUGH the turnout was less than expected runners taking part in the inaugural JG Zuma Marathon were loud in their praise of the run saying it had been well organised and the scenic route spectacular.

A notable feature were the number of runners from African countries taking part making the “no to xenophobia” message very clear.

Raphael Segodi, Gauteng Striders, was the first man home in just 2:10 after setting off from Seven Oaks Garage at 5.30am with first woman Shitaye Gemechu Debellu (Nedbank Club) from Ethiopia winning in a time of 2:47:10.

President Jacob Zuma presented each with a R50 000 cheque at the finish at Bon Accord Albert Falls.

Zuma, who presented the top 10 men and women with medals, in his speech expressed his appreciation to local traditional leaders, organisers, municipalities, marshals, race participants and everyone involved who contributed towards making the 2015 JG Zuma Marathon the huge success it was.

The president said he was honoured that this event carried the Zuma name which meant a lot to him and his family.

Overall, the organisers were thrilled with the turnout, from race participants to crowd support and said they look forward to growing this event, a Comrades Marathon qualifier, bigger in 2016

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