The third edition of the JG Zuma Marathon is expected to confirm its presence as one of the fast rising and important feature in the road-running calendar of Kwazulu-Natal Athletics.
Running on the 30th of April from Albert Falls, Mpolweni to King Edward Park in Greytown, the gruelling, but exciting scenic undulating 42.2km route will also tell whether on that day new champions will be crowned or not.
A whopping R50 000 first prizes awaits the winners of the men and women’s races respectively, where the rest of the runners may also use as a Comrades ultra-Marathon qualifier.
Registration for the race, that also includes a half-marathon, a 10km and a 5km Fun Run, is already opened.
Starting at 6 am, the cut-off time for the 42.2km is at 11.30am with the prize-giving ceremony scheduled to take place at 12 Noon.
Only medically fit athletes, who are at 20 years old on race day, will be allowed to enter, and all finishers within the cut-off time will receive a medal, cap or T-shirts and the top 10 in the Open categories on the 42,2km and Top 5 for the 10km and 21,1km will receive a gold medal, cap or a T-shirt.
Shuttles will assist runners leaving from King Edward Park at 3.45am and 4.30am to the start.
To enter log onto www.jgzumamarathon.co.za and for those without internet access, you can collect entry forms from the following outlets: Kings Park Athletics Stadium, Durban Runner Sports Shop, Poobie Naidoo (PMB), and at the Umshwathi and Umvoti Municipality offices.
For payments, the banking details are as follows: FNB Account: 62472947583; Branch code: 220426; Reference: “Your ID Number”.
Once deposited athletes must email to Online@FinishTime.co.za or fax to: 086 632 1129 and must please retain original slip.
All manual entries must be hand delivered to the race offices by 5pm on 19 April. All fields on the entry form must be filled. Forms which are not complete will be rejected.
Race numbers can be collected on 28 April at King’s Park Athletics Stadium and at Greytown on 29 April.
“We are looking forward to a bigger and better race this year. The third edition of this marathon should demonstrate that it is continuing to make strides to be one of the most prominent events of the road-running calendar of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Vincent Zuma, the Chairman of the JG Zuma Marathon.
“We are urging runners to come down and enjoy great distances in the 42.2 km, the 21.1km, the 10km and a 5km Fun Run of this wonderful race which is in its third year and already attracting a number of international runners.
“The day will offer a fun-filled atmosphere for the whole family and accommodates serious and social runners as well.
“Security of everyone will be top of our priority list and so is the hospitality of all involved.
The event is strictly run in accordance with the rules of the IAAF, ASA and KZN Athletics.
Athletes who need help finding accommodation can contact Zanele Sikhakhane 072 142 3533.