Even more buses for record Mandela marathon field

2018-08-23 15:45
Boy Boy Makandala rolls out the red carpet at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site ahead of this weekend’s Mandela Marathon.

Boy Boy Makandala rolls out the red carpet at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site ahead of this weekend’s Mandela Marathon. (Ian Carbutt)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Runners will be taking over the Midlands this weekend for the Mandela Day Marathon, whose entries have soared from 17 000 last year to 24 000 this year.

Launching the event at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Wednesday, KZN Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said it is not an easy job to co-ordinate logistics for such a huge event, especially since 24 000 runners have registered for the 2018 marathon, making this year’s event the biggest yet.

“This year is Madiba’s centenary year and the race thus assumes that special aura of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run a race of this importance.

“We would like to assure that we are aiming for a fitting celebration of Madiba’s centenary through this year’s marathon and we all are absolutely committed to ensuring that this is the experience you will all take away from this race either as runners or spectators,” she said.

Mayor of uMgungundlovu District Thobekile Maphumulo said “We have made sure that all athletes will be safe throughout the marathon, so there will be security to oversee that everything goes according to plan,” she said.

Race director Jan van Staden said emphasised the increased shuttle system (from the finish back to the start) that will ensure the waiting period for athletes is shortened.

“We increased taxis from 45 to 80 and buses from 20 to 30. The 27 refreshment stations will be fully stocked with everything needed by athletes. We have a new layout as well, to make sure that we bring the public closer when athletes finish; definitely ensuring that we will have an enjoyable event,” he said.

The two-day event will begin on Saturday, with mountain biking, triathlon and trail running at 5.30 am, while the 42,2 km race, half marathon and VIP race start at 6 am on Sunday. The marathon starts at Manaye hall in Edendale, where Mandela made his last public speech on March 25, 1961.

The race will end at the Nelson Mandela Capture site, where he was arrested, outside Howick on August 5, 1962. The marathon will be televised on SABC 2.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.