Quality of City Marathon raised again

2016-03-02 06:00
PHOTO: jonathan burton  ‘The Witness’ Maritzburg City Marathon catered for every member of the family by hosting a children’s race as well as other entertainment

PHOTO: jonathan burton ‘The Witness’ Maritzburg City Marathon catered for every member of the family by hosting a children’s race as well as other entertainment

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THE Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, presented by Clover and Khayelihle, began with the ghostly shapes of competitors making their way to the start in the darkness.

However, by the time the cannon fired at 5.30am, a healthy field, many of them first-time marathoners decked out in multicoloured running gear, was visible.

Mother Nature played along by providing ideal, cool running conditions, which everyone appreciated. Big smiles lit up the faces of runners as they made their way along the route, which was generously lined with people who had come out to support the participants.

By the end of the various races, smiles, embraces and happy exclamations were being widely shared. The Witness Maritzburg Marathon had lived up to its billing as the best organised race in the country.

Organiser John Hall said: “It has been good. It has been very stressful and very challenging, but we overcame all the challenges, including having a football match to contend with yesterday, because of a double-booking. They had their game and we actually provided the sound for them, and everybody has tried their very best to help.

“Hats off to the Msunduzi Municipality. They sent teams out over the past 10 days, cleaned the route and filled all the potholes. Everybody has tried their best to help. That is what is important.”

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela was on hand, walking the talk by running the 10km race.

“People are having a lot of fun, and we really appreciate the work that is being done by John Hall and his team,” he said.

“Also you can and hear the vibe and the spirit. It augurs very well for the City of Choice in terms of the numbers we have managed to draw. This race is growing in leaps and bounds. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this event. We also want to thanks other sponsors who have come to the party. It is helping our city to shed the tag of ‘Sleepy Hollow’.”

Ndlela said the city wanted to see people taking part in different sports, which helps promote a healthy lifestyle and extends people’s life expectancy.

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