Witness Reporter
1 minute read
19 Jan 2022
06:18

Elite status for Runified Breaking Barriers 50km

Witness Reporter

The Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50 km race in South Africa has upgraded to an Elite Label status, according to organisers.

The Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50 km race in South Africa has upgraded to an Elite Label status, according to organisers.

Earlier this year the World Athletics (WA), announced it will recognise the two world records set at last year’s event by Ethiopian Ketema Negasa and SA’s Irvette Van Zyl and the governing body also awarded the event a WA label, the first and only ultra-marathon event in the world to receive the WA label.

Bigger prize money

Now the meet has made another jump in status. WA has three levels when it comes to labels which consists of World label, Elite label, and Platinum label. With the South African event now sitting on the 2nd tier, it elevates the event to another level in terms of elite athletes, prize money and at a management level both from an organising perspective and technical perspective to ensure that everything is done as per WA regulations, said the organisers in a statement.

With the event now holding an Elite label, the standard of athletes competing is boosted with the event now attracting not only the best South African athletes but top-quality international athletes too.

Prize money for the event will also see an increase and a major plus for the sport of athletics is that a percentage of prize money gets deducted from athletes, athletes’ managers and the event itself which is allocated to a pool of funding overseen by the Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) which goes towards better doping controls both in and out of competition to ensure a clean sport for all.

This year’s Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50 km returns to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on March 6 and will also be shown live to viewers around the World.