ATHLETES have until 31 July to register for the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon on 28 August.Race marketing and communications manager, Lungelo Sithole, said it was important for athletes to register as early as possible.“We remind athletic clubs that R20 000 has been set aside for clubs that register the most runners for the flagship 42,2km race. “First prize in this category is R10 000, second prize is R6 000, third prize is R4 000.”Sithole said the marathon is aimed at improving focus on athletes, while celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a nation-builder and a father of the nation. “With the Mandela Day Marathon enjoying live broadcast on SABC, it is an opportunity for athletes to show up and appeal to the corporate world to support the sport, and athletes in particular.”Event organisers have gone out of their way to make this year’s event memorable. “Athletes can be assured of a secure event, from overnight accommodation and meals, to the provision of en-route refreshments and medical services, and post-race necessities. “There will also be an athlete recovery area where athletes will be supplied with medical, physiotherapy and nutritional requirements in order to recover,” said Sithole.This event is supported of the provincial government, the uMgungundlovu District Municipality and two hosting municipalities, Msunduzi and uMngeni. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is the strategic partner and works to ensure that the event lives up to the world standard of celebration for a world-class statesman.- Supplied.