Carl Peters
Sport Editor
1 minute read
4 Jul 2022
08:10

Nelson Mandela Marathon returns to the Midlands on August 7

Carl Peters

With a prize fund of R117 000, the winners, both male and female, in the 21,1 km and 10 km will each receive R10 000 and R5 000, respectively.

The Nelson Mandela Marathon is being revived in the Midlands this year, but in a downscaled manner.

The event, which helps honour the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela, was not held over the past two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will be back on Sunday, August 7, between Pietermaritzburg and Howick, but there won’t be a marathon element this year because there has not been enough time to plan for that, according to KZN Athletics (KZNA).

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The event will just comprise half marathon and 10 km offerings to runners, who wish to combine sport with a political cause.

This means the event can’t be used as a qualifier for the Comrades Marathon, which takes place on August 28.

Moreover, there is an entry cap of 2 500 runners for each of the two distances that are being offered.

Said KZNA president, Steve Mkasi: “The team is busy planning and organising the event, which will once again finish at the landmark Nelson Mandela Capture Site. Runners can expect a great day of running between Pietermaritzburg and Howick.”

With a prize fund of R117 000, the winners, both male and female, in the 21,1 km and 10 km will each receive R10 000 and R5 000, respectively.

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There will also be prizes for second to fifth position for male and female runners. The 21,1km race will start at 6 am and the 10 km race at 7 am.

Entries open tomorrow at www.webtickets.co.za and www.peaktime.co.za, as well as at Pick ‘n Pay stores, with R250 being charged for the 21,1 km and R190 for the 10 km.