New sponsor for Maritzburg City Marathon

2016-11-02 06:02
PHOTO:jonathan burton Race director John Hall recently launched the 2017 The Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover and Khayelihle.

PHOTO:jonathan burton Race director John Hall recently launched the 2017 The Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover and Khayelihle.

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THE 21st edition of The Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover and Khayelihle, which takes place on 26 February 2017 welcomes new sponsor, Medihelp for the next two races.

Medihelp bring with them a wealth of experience in event support and will share the workload in preparation and host a refreshment station along the race route.

With online entries opening yesterday, 1 November, next year’s race promises to be the best incorporating various activities and mini races over race weekend.

Next year there will be an additional SPCA dog walk together with the annual wheelchair race, trail run, marafun for the children and the half and full marathon.

Events begin with the flame-lighting ceremony and concert on Friday 24 February, 2017 with the main race on Sunday, 26 February, 2017

Next year all marathon runner will receive gold medals, half marathon runners will receive silver medals and all other finishers in the times events will receive bronze medals.

Speaking at the launch, race director John Hall said there will be extra focus on rooting out cheaters, something that has plagued the sport over the past few years.

“Bandit runners, who are runners that take place in races illegally, seem to be increasing as the years go on. They take advantage of our facilities, some even cross the finish line and lack an official, recorded time.

“In 2016 these bandit runners have cost the race R30 000 in entry fees and, to the best of our knowledge, nothing has been done about them thus far.

“In 2017 we will be using every means at our disposal including official photographers, three cameras and static officials on route to monitor this. Every official runner has a race number so we will be able to track who is part of the race and who isn’t.

“We will take all this information and pass it on to the provincial and national federations and put pressure on them to stand out against this rampant corruption.

“They steal our Coca-Cola, they steal our water and they steal our medals. We will go as far as naming and shaming them to ensure this stops.”

During the build-up to the race, there will be training tips run in The Witness on a daily basis getting runners fit for the race.

The Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover and Khayelihle, remains committed to its charities and will continue to support them next year.

“Whether it’s a 21-metre nappy crawl, a trail wander along our river banks or a Comrades seeding, there is no excuse not to be a part of the race. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go,” said Hall.

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