Municipality to host marathon for unity

2016-06-30 10:53

THE Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Municipality’s partnerships with Eastern Province Athletics and Athletics South Africa are key in promoting social cohesion, sport and a healthy lifestyle in the region.

That was confirmed at the Launch of a 1 City Relay and 42.2 km Marathon, jointly organised by the three entities at Uitenhage Town Hall last week. The event will be held on July 3, 2016.

The Relay and Marathon have been organised as part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s mission to build social cohesion among the people of PE, Uitenhage and Despatch.

The Relay and Marathon were conceived as part of the municipality’s Mandela Month activities. It also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Project, which the Municipality is currently implementing.

Deputy Executive Mayor Bicks Ndoni said at the launch that sport development was one of the key focus areas that the Municipality was using to unite the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.

The routes of the Relay and Marathon will start from Muir College, run through Despatch and finish at the Port Elizabeth City Hall. The marathon starts at 6:30am and the relay at 7am.

The event has been sanctioned by Eastern Province Athletics. The event is open to both individuals and groups. For the marathon, participants must be 20 years of age or older. Athletes may be requested to provide proof of age on the day. Primary school participants must have been born after 2004 to qualify for the relay – equating to a minimum age of 12 years.

Prize money for both men and women athletes participating in the marathon runs down to 5th place: R10 000, R6 000, R4 000, R3 000 and R1 500 respectively. All the other categories run down to 3rd place.

Prizes for club relay teams are a whopping R20 000 for male and female teams consisting of 4 members, and R6 000 for mixed teams also consisting of 4 members per team. Social and Corporate teams have 8 members per team, with first prize set at R4 000. The Social and Corporates categories’ run is divided into 8 legs.

Schools, both primary and high, can win R4 000 each for first place, R1 600 for second and R1 200 for third. Note must be made of the bonus on offer of R10 000 to the winning primary and high schools. There are 8 legs for the schools.

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