THE 1City Relay and 42.2km race has made an important announcement that the traditional route will change this year. The event will include the 42.2km marathon and relay race and a 5km family run/walk which will start and finish at City Hall, Port Elizabeth on Sunday, October 8. “After consultation with various role players, a decision has been taken to change the format of the 2017 event, said Irene van Eeden, vice president of Eastern Province Athletics.“The marathon and club/corporate relay will no longer run between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, but will follow a circular route through the streets of Walmer, Pari Park and Mount Pleasant, Port Elizabeth.”Michael Mbambani, of Eastern Province Athletics, confirmed that generous prize money is up for grabs for local runners with a total prize purse of R116 750, including a R25 000 reward for the overall winner. The prize-giving will be held at 11:30am at City Hall.The 1 Relay City Race is proudly presented by Eastern Province Athletics in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and their Legacy Project.Gold medals will be awarded to the first 10 men and women, as well as the category winners. Silver medals will be awarded to the next 150 athletes, while bronze medals will be given out to all finishers within the cut-off time. The race includes two distances, the 42.2km marathon and club/corporate relay, which starts at 6:15am, and the 5km which starts at 7am, which will follow a circular route back to City Hall. The cost for 42.2km run is R100, however, runners aged between 60 and 69 years, will only pay 50% of race fee, R50, and runners over 70 years will receive free entry. The temporary license, required for the 42.2km only, is R30. Club/social/corporate team fee is R250, and R20 for the 5km family run.Enter online www.whereinpe or entry forms are available from Brian Bands, The Footballer, Action Sports, Sportsworld, Sportsmans Warehouse in Port Elizabeth or Brocketts in Uitenhage.Registration and late entries will take place at the Westbourne Oval from 4:30pm to 7pm on Friday, October 6 and from 5am on the morning of the race, Sunday, October 8.For more info contact Irene van Eeden on 083 299 1775.