Mandela Day Marathon entries closed

Entries for the 2017 edition of the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon (NMDM) have officially closed. The Nelson Mandela Day Marathon Organising Committee has announced that the entry cap was reached a short while ago, necessitating the closure of the entry process.

The sixth Nelson Mandela Day Marathon event takes place on Sunday, 27 August 2017. The event is once again expected to boost the local KwaZulu-Natal and uMgungundlovu district economy by millions of rand.

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said, ‘The Nelson Mandela Day Marathon contributes hugely to the local economy of the Midlands and the entire KwaZulu-Natal region due to the ever-increasing number of participants in several events, including the 42.2km marathon, MTB Dash and Trail running.”

uMgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo added, “The Umgungundlovu District and Msunduzi Municipalities welcome athletes from all over the country, as well as the rest of Africa and internationally”

NMD Race Director Johan Van Staden has thanked all entrants for getting their entries in on time.  “This will allow us to focus more on logistics preparation so that we deliver a world class event befitting of the international icon this marathon is named after”

The 2017 Mandela Day Marathon will start at the Manaye Hall in Imbali and finish at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Sunday, 27 August 2017.

On the 26th there will be a children race (because Madiba loved children), Trail Run, Triathlon, Mountain Biking and a host of other activities building up to the actual marathon day on the 27 August 2017.

The NMD Marathon will be held under the theme: #RUN4UNITY an important value that defines Madiba’s legacy.

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