Goss and Balfe Marathon this month

2017-10-19 06:01
LEFT: Athletes in the Goss and Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon.Photos: supplied

LEFT: Athletes in the Goss and Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon.Photos: supplied

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RUNNERS and walkers are gearing up for one of the year’s competitive racing highlights, the Goss and Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon on Sunday, October 29.
This road race, which includes a 21.1km half-marathon and 42.2km marathon, is designed to ensure all competitors can take full advantage of the aptly-named Sapphire Coast, with the race route passing along the coast shoreline.

“We are very excited to announce that this year’s route will resume the original format with the free train ride available to all competitors,” said Amanzimtoti Athletics Club (AAC) chairman, Alan Payne.
“Unfortunately, heavy rains last year caused damage to the railway line, but we have been given the all-clear from Prasa for this year’s event.”

Participants are advised to arrive at Hutchison Park, Amanzimtoti by no later than 4.40am to reach the train station, which is a 20-minute walk, as the train departs at 5am sharp.
Competitors will travel along the coast to the start of the half-marathon run at Ifracombe, and then on to the start of the marathon at Scottburgh.

Starting at Scottburgh at 6am, the race takes runners through the town and out towards Park Rynie for approximately five kilometres before turning back north along the old South Coast Road.
The route then passes by Scottburgh again and on to Umkomaas and Ilfracombe, the starting point of the half-marathon.

Competitors will then go through Umgababa, then to Winklespruit and finally, Amanzimtoti. This is one of the few point-to-point races on the KZN calendar.

This marathon serves as a qualifier for the Comrades and Two Ocean with a total prize purse of R39 400 divided among category winners. For the first 2 000 entrants, runners will receive long-sleeve shirts, and half-marathon participants will receive short-sleeve T-shirts.
As with all AAC events, organisers will strive to ensure this is a litter-free race, encouraging runners not to discard plastic sachets on the road.

Sapphire Coast Tourism spokesperson, Monique de Kock, said they are looking forward to being involved in another well-supported and organised event.

“The Goss and Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon is a true reflection of the Sapphire Coast lifestyle which includes a passion for the region’s natural beauty and year-round temperate climate, as well as outdoor activities that this climate encourages,” said De Kock.

Anyone wanting to enter this year’s Goss and Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon must visit the website www.eventtiming.co.za/gossbalfe and complete the online form.
Entry tags and race packs can be collected on race weekend at Hutchison Park on Saturday October 28 from 10am to 4pm or on Sunday October 29 from 3.30am to 4.40am at the civic centre.

Unlicensed athletes must purchase a temporary licence at R30 per entry. Entrance for 42.2km run is R200 and for the 21.1km walk/run is R160. The age limit is 16 for the 21.1km event and 20 for the 42.2km event with parental consent required for all competitors under 18.

This is strictly pre-entry and the closing date for entry is October 19. For more information, visit www.totiac.co.za For more information about the Sapphire Coast, visit www.sapphirecoasttourism.co.za or the Sapphire Coast Tourism page on Facebook or www.facebook. com/totitourism/ - Supplied.

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