Expo Centre to host The People’s Race
The Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) has been chosen as the official venue partner for the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon.
The People’s Race takes place on 1 November 2015, when runners of all descriptions will take their marks for one of Johannesburg’s most popular races.
Widely considered as a bucket list item for many South African runners, the Soweto Marathon promises to be another memorable experience for all who take part. The race will begin and end at the Expo Centre, Nasrec and runners may choose to complete one of three distances: 42.2km, 21.1km or 10km.
“We are happy to host this incredible event,” says JEC CEO Craig Newman. “It’s a wonderful race with a great atmosphere that has runners returning every year to take part once again. There’s also a wonderful sense of community spirit that is tangible and endearing.”
Sello Khunou, Chairperson of Soweto Marathon Trust comments “We are happy to be back at the Johannesburg Expo Centre Nasrec for the start and finish of the Soweto Marathon. This venue has been a part of the race since its beginning and it really is the perfect venue to be the host of this historic race.”
In essence, the Soweto Marathon is a historical tour of Soweto, with the route passing through the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Winnie-Madikizela Mandela’s house and Jabulani Mall.
For those runners who have been late in entering, the good news is that registration for pre-entries has been extended to 19 October. This will give late-comers enough time to register and enter before the big day.
“This race is first and foremost about its people,” says Sello Khunou, Chairperson of Soweto Marathon Trust. “That is why we want to make sure that all athletes have an opportunity to enter and participate. We’re expecting a really good turnout.”
Organisers also realised the need for an extended registration deadline due to the fact that the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon takes place so near the end of the race calendar year.
“Having hosted this race on previous occasions, we have realised that it’s important for athletes to first determine their fitness levels before registering,” says Khunou. “This is important to avoid succumbing to injury in the lead up to the race, especially for those participating in the longer distances.”
The People’s Race takes place on 1 November 2015 with the first runners setting off at 05:45 am. For more information regarding registration and race day details, visit www.sowetomarathon.co.za.