final week for the 2017 edition of the Mandela Marathon – its all systems go

More than 15000 runners will take to starting line for the 6th edition of the annual Mandela Day Marathon.  The Marathon will feature top contenders who have won big marathons in the country and abroad.  The Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal and the uMgungundlovu District Municipality who are the main organisers of the annual Mandela Day Marathon are promising major improvements for athletes and observers in 2017 with a range of new services and facilities as preparations for the 2017 marathon scheduled for 26 and 27 August enter their final stretch this week.

Today we are officially announcing that registration for all participating athletes in the marathon’s various races is now open.  Today, being Tuesday, registration is taking place at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. Athletes will also benefit from enhanced on-site support services during the various races, such as medical emergency assistance, shuttle transport, toilets, or refreshments, the range of which will rival more established sporting events such as the annual Comrades Marathon, said Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

“Every year, we make improvements to ensure the Mandela Day Marathon continues to be an enjoyable race. In 2017 we are aiming for an improved overall experience by offering simplified registration and on-site support services for athletes as well as exciting recreational facilities for observers and their entire families,” said Race Director, Johan Van Staden.

“In appreciation of the economic benefits the annual Mandela Day Marathon brings to local businesses and residents within the uMgungundlovu District as the race expands every year, we as organisers will be catering to the needs of athletes and observers, including children, in ever more creative ways in 2017. We are aiming for a memorable experience for all,” added uMgungundlovu Mayor, Cllr Thobekile Maphumulo.

Runners can look to a feast on race day, as the race has been made to be more athlete –centric.  All the resources have been channeled toward ensuring that the health and well being of runners assume paramount importance.

The organisers are confident this year’s race will be a memorable one and all runners are urged to register on time for all races which will include a 10km, 21km and the main 42km race as well as a host of additional disciplines including triathlon children’s race and MTB events spread commencing on Saturday.

Media enquiries: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Msawakhe Mayisela, 060 966 4220

Date: 22 August 2017