Soweto Marathon Closes Entries

An extremely busy Cheryl Winn, Nedbank’s City Marathons & Matha Series Race Director, took a precious few minutes out of her day to respond to gsport on Sunday’s Soweto Marathon, and enthused that the hugely popular event continues to draw last minute entries.

“Even though the cut-off date was a week ago, we’ve decided to continue to accept last-minute entries, in view of the huge demand,” Winn told gsport, her conversation speed breaking all existing records.

“We probably have more uncaptured than captured entries right now,” gulped Winn, “And we’re running out of numbers, so we’ll probably going to have to close this evening.”

“Up to a third of all registered runners are women, something we’re very proud of, and with our 2005 defending champion Mamarola Tjoka back again with strong competition from many athletes, it’s impossible to hazard a guess on favourites.”

Last minute changes to the race course have been required by extraordinary circumstances, with a resident on the final road having successfully applied to the city council to close the road for a wedding.

“We had to recognise that this is one of the most important days in the couple’s lives,” confirmed Winn, “And we were happy to make changes to accommodate them.”

Visit Independent Online’s website for their report on that remarkable issue.

Changes include a brand-new course for the historic 42,2km marathon, which passes notable landmarks including Vilakazi Street (which housed Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu), the Hector Peterson Memorial, Walter Sisulu Square, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s current home.

South Africa’s richest standard marathon will award R60,000 to the first woman over the line, R30,000 to the second-placed runner, and R20,000 to the bronze medal finalist.

See gsport’s earlier coverage of the marathon preparations, which includes big-name entertainers Kabelo, Alaska and DG Bongs leading an array of supporting artists.

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