Mandela Marathon entries closed – Overwhelming Twenty Thousand register to run and “keep living the legacy”

It is with great excitement and humility that the Organising Committee of the Mandela Day Marathon announces that the entries for the 2018 edition of the Mandela Day Marathon (MDM) have officially closed with a record 20,000 committed participants.

The entry cap was reached a short while ago, necessitating the closure of the entry process.

The 7th edition of the Mandela Day Marathon takes place on Sunday, 26 August 2018. The event is once again expected to boost the uMgungundlovu District and KwaZulu-Natal economy by millions of rand in tourism revenue.

The 2018 theme is “#Keep Running the Legacy”.

Organising Committee Spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said: “We are extremely delighted with the level of enthusiasm and excitement demonstrated by athletes in participating in the Mandela Day Marathon. This marathon is like no other as it is about the “triumph of the human spirit”.  This year is a centenary celebration and all runners are assured of memorable experience in 2018.”

MDM Race Director Johan Van Staden said: “The preparations are now in full swing to deliver a successful marathon in honour of our iconic leader. The 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 main marathon, MTB Dash and Trail running.”

Van Staden added that “the uMgungundlovu District and Msunduzi Municipalities welcome athletes from all over the country, as well as the rest of Africa and internationally”.

Mabaso has thanked all entrants for getting their entries in on time. The 2018 Mandela Day Marathon will start at the Manaye Hall in Imbali and finish at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Sunday, 26 August 2018.

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For an interview, please call Lennox Mabaso on 082 884 2403; or Brian Zuma on 083 708 2245