Thousands of last-minute entries expected for Capital City Marathon

2020-01-24 15:41
Capital City Marathon chairman Steve Mkasi (right).

Capital City Marathon chairman Steve Mkasi (right). (Umbani Photography)

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The organisers of the Capital City Marathon seem to have had more luck attracting sponsors than entries for their first race in Maritzburg next month.

They are still far from their target of runners, as confirmed at a press briefing in the city on Thursday.

The race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 23, starting at the City Hall and finishing at the new Msunduzi Athletics Stadium.

The race will have three distances on offer — 42,2 km, 21,1 km and 10 km.

At the initial launch function last year, the organisers of the race, led by chairman Steve Mkasi, said they were targeting at least 8 000 runners.

But with exactly a month away from the big day, the entries for the race are reported to be fewer than 3 000.

On Thursday, Mkasi’s group, which included Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Aleck Skosana, called the media to give an update on their readiness to host the race in the capital of Kwa-Zulu-Natal.

It seems they are doing well with sponsors, as they announced at least 10 backers for the race, including Msunduzi Municipality, KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, Coca-Cola, Tsogo Sun, Deloitte, CTM, Netcare, Umgeni Water.

But Mkasi claimed they were not worried about the low entries as they were confident of reaching their target of 8 000 by race day.

“We are confident that the entries will go up, because now we’ve also introduced hard-copy entry forms that people can use to enter the race.

“Before this, we were only using online systems and some of the athletes were struggling with it,” said Mkasi.

“And, as we know, some of the people like to do things at the last minute, so we are expecting big numbers from today until February 3 [the final day for the early entries].”

The organisers also promised that there will be a number of top internationals from Kenya, the U.S. and Britain taking part in the new race, but couldn’t divulge any names.

The Witness understands that Zimbabwean runner Loveness Madziva will be running.

“The numbers that have been captured shows us that all the provinces which are members of Athletics South Africa will have representatives.

“The nice thing is that the host province is leading and that really makes us happy,” said Mkasi.

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