Maritzburg Marathon weekend

2017-03-01 06:00

SCOTTSVILE Racecourse is ready to receive the 2017 runners of the Maritzburg Marathon this weekend.

With the new venue announced and changed only a few weeks ago, plans are ready and under way for the marathon’s main event on Sunday, 26 February.

Race director, John Hall, said the new venue will not only bring a different atmosphere to the race, it will also help root out theft and car brea- ins which have plagued other races over the years.

“Golden Horse has been absolutely amazing. We were quickly able to put plans in place and to arrange the finish and new route of the marathon.

“Although the route remains largely unchanged it is the finish that has changed a little.

“The race this year will be faster and more enjoyable for the runners and the dynamics have changed. Pacing will be important this year.

“The new venue has completely changed the face of the Maritzburg Marathon.

We believe we have as secure an area as we can offer our runners and spectators,” said Hall.

Various activities will take place over the race weekend beginning with the flame-lighting ceremony and concert on Friday, 24 February.

The concert is sponsored by Khayelihle and is free entry.

This will start at 6pm and end at 10pm and includes acts from artists in the Khayelihle Entertainment stable.

On Saturday there will be trail runs and “marafuns”with the main event on Sunday, which includes the 42km marathon, the half marathon of 21kms and the 10km event.

Prize giving will take place at Scottsville Racecourse.

Headline sponsor, The Witness, will run the full results of the race in the paper on Monday, 27 February.

Kuben Chetty, acting editor of The Witness, said it is a pleasure to be associated with the Maritzburg Marathon.

“We are immensely proud and blessed to be partners.

This race encourages youngsters to participate and help get them off the streets and involved in sport, which keeps them away from other social ills,” he said.

Road closures will begin early on Sunday morning.

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