Jhb City Marathon for Comrades

by | Apr 27, 2007

Athletics South Africa has issued an urgent reminder to prospective entrants that the Closing Date for Entries to the 2007 Nedbank Johannesburg City Marathon is Thursday 26 April 2007.  The race, which will be run on Sunday 6 May, is also the final qualifier for the 2007 Comrades Marathon.

Entries for the Nedbank Johannesburg City Marathon and 10km Race are available at major sports shops in Gauteng, as well as being available online at the Nedbank Sport website, or alternatively at the offices of Athletics South Africa No 3, 11th Avenue, Houghton Estate, Telephone (011) 880 5800.

The entry fee is R65 for the marathon and R30 for the 10km and all finishers will receive a medal, t-shirt, goody bag and Energade.

Not only does the marathon race present the final chance to qualify for the 2007 Comrades Marathon, but it will also provide a perfect warm-up run and opportunity for a long, hard training run in race conditions for all prospective Comrades Marathon runners.

The 42,2km route commences near the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia and is run over a reasonably hilly route through Sophia Town, past Westdene Dam, Johannesburg University, over Constitutional Hill and past the Civic Centre, and over the majestic Mandela Bridge.

Proceeding through Newtown, the runners continue south towards Turffontein, then past Gold Reef City, the Apartheid Museum and Nasrec, through Mayfair, past the Gas Works and bottom of SABC, through Melville and finally down Beyers Naude to return to the finish at Emmarentia Dam.

Last year’s Nedbank Johannesburg City Marathon’s women’s race was won by Hungarian Simone Staicu, in an outstanding time of 2:38:51.

As has become the norm in all Nedbank City Marathon and Matha Series events, the race is once again anticipated to attract a top class field with R450,000 total prize package and first prizes of R60,000 for men and women.

Another feature of the event will be the concurrent staging of a 5km Fun Run and Schools Challenge, with an imaginative, fast and flat route, specially designed with the safety of young participants in mind.

The minimum age for participation in the Fun Run is 9 years, the entry fee is just R5 and entries will be taken on race day.

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