With preparation for the People’s Race in full swing, Soweto and South Africa’s athletics community at large eagerly await race day set for November 2nd. Following the official announcement on 29th July, the Nike Soweto Marathon steering community is confident that the actions and procedures put into place will ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all those attending.
This year’s introduction of international sports brand, Nike means the Soweto Marathon and its planning committee now have the support and access to the brands wealth of experience as they take the helm of title sponsor.
The Gauteng Provincial Government will also play an important role given their expertise in hosting large scale sporting events, showcasing Gauteng as a world class sporting hub of the country.
“We support the Gauteng Provincial Governments strategy to become a race destination of choice for local and international events. With the right partners on-board we are well on our way to making the Nike Soweto Marathon a highlight on the Gauteng race calendar for years to come,” says. Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) General Manager, Mandla Radebe.
All measures have been put in place to ensure runners have an enjoyable experience, from start to finish as partners have placed high priority on the logistical components of the race. Stringent safety and security processes along with a truly inspiring route will take the event experience to new heights and restore the Soweto Marathon to its flagship status. Race day will see trained Marshalls along the route to keep runners safe as well as rapid response vehicles with a skilled supporting first aid teams on hand to help athletes along the route.
“Runners should register early to avoid disappointment as there are only 7000 spots per category, with spots anticipated to fill up quickly for the 10km, 21km and 42km marathon as registration is not available on race day. Race updates will be shared with all runners via our website, but also via Twitter @sowetomarathon,” Explains Banele Sindani, Chief Executive of the Soweto Marathon Trust.
Routes selected for the three race categories will showcase Soweto in all its beauty and rich heritage, with the start and finish based at the Nasrec Expo Centre for ease of access for participants and supporters. There will be ample parking for all runners with a dedicated team assisting to point runners to the start line on arrival and hydration stations situated every 3kms of each of the three routes.
With registration currently open for the race, running clubs registered with Athletics South Africa (ASA) are able to register for the race by simply visiting the official race website: www.sowetomarathon.com.
Athletes can also register at Nike Stores at The Zone @ Rosebank and Sandton City Mall as well as the Orlando Community Centre in Soweto, Run-aWay Store in Pretoria and The Sweat Shops in both Johannesburg and Pretoria.