Old Mutual Soweto Marathon ready to go

The 25th edition of the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon officially got underway with the opening of the Expo at the FNB Stadium on November 1.

With 30 000 feet expected over the three-day duration, the Expo will be open from 10am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday and then on Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm.

Runners are urged to report early for their respective races. Ample parking is available in and around FNB stadium. Public transport is also an option for the runners to get to the stadium as early as possible.

“We’re once again delighted to welcome this year’s partners, spectators and most importantly runners,” said Soweto Marathon Chairman Sello Khunou.

“The Soweto Marathon Trust in conjunction with the sponsors and partners of The People’s Race promise our best event yet to come on Sunday at 6am. I personally would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable run on the beautiful Soweto streets. Let us celebrate South Africa once more!”

Old Mutual Head of Brand Thobile Tshabalala said, “As very proud title sponsors of this special and rapidly growing event, we share in the excitement of the organisers and the community around the event. The Soweto Marathon is so much more than a race. It is a cultural running experience that can compete with the very best. This is thanks to the incredibly dedicated and hard-working team at the Soweto Marathon Trust. We wish all our runners the very best of luck, we hope that you enjoy your race. The time is now to run your great.”

Race Director Danny Blumberg encourages athletes to come early on Sunday morning. “We are expecting more runners and more supporters than ever before, with 30 000 runners participating on Sunday, so please do get here early, get yourself organised and enjoy our race.”

Soweto Marathon Trust (SMT) would like to thank Old Mutual, the Gauteng Provincial Government, City of Joburg, SABC, among others, for their contributions and participation.

The race details are: Start and finish at FNB stadium, Stadium Avenue, Nasrec on Sunday.

Start times: The standard marathon (42.2km): 6am; The half marathon (21.1km): 6.30am; 10km run: 7am.

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Annette van Schalkwyk
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