Capital City Marathon organisers to decide on race

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Chairperson of the Capital City Marathon Steve Mkasi. Photo: CMA
Chairperson of the Capital City Marathon Steve Mkasi. Photo: CMA

The Capital City Marathon’s organising committee are set to decide on Friday a way forward for the second edition of the race.

This year’s race is supposed to be held next month in Pietermaritzburg, but with the second wave of Covid-19 gaining momentum in the country things look blurry for the event.

Chairperson of the marathon Steve Mkasi confirmed that by the end of the week a decision will have been made.

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“We are meeting on Friday but like I said last month it’s really not promising,” said Mkasi.

The chairperson said though they are looking for other alternatives to have the event go ahead, a virtual race is not an option for them.

A number of races in the country and around the globe have opted to stage virtual races and some have been described as a huge success by their organisers.

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“We have another concept that we are planning to do instead of the normal or virtual race. But first we would have to know the number of runners that we can have since we are on level three [of the lockdown],” said Mkasi.

“It will depend on the number of runners that Athletic South Africa (ASA) says is allowed for a race. The last number was 500 runners, but rules have changed in terms of the Covid-19 regulations, such as that outside events cannot have more than 50 people. 50 people is a very small number, it’s unsustainable for a race. Even 500 was unsustainable but in the circumstances that would have been much better.”
Steve Mkasi, chairperson of Capital City Marathon

The Witness understands that the Capital City Marathon bosses are hoping to hold the race over two days at different secluded venues that don’t affect traffic or require police or marshals.

Their plan depends on ASA’s approval.

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