NMBM to host marathon for unity and social cohesion as part of Mandela Month

JUNE 21, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's partnerships with Eastern Province Athletics and Athletics South Africa are key in promoting social cohesion, sport and a healthy lifestyle in the region.

That was confirmed at the Launch of a 1City Relay and 42.2 km Marathon, jointly organised by the three entities at Uitenhage Town Hall yesterday evening. The event will be held on July 3, 2016. The Relay and Marathon have been organised as part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s mission to build social cohesion among the people of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.

The Relay and Marathon were conceived as part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Mandela Month activities. The decision to organise a sporting activity of this nature was derived from the former South African President and World Peace Icon, Nelson Mandela, who said that sport was one of the most effective ways to unite the people of South Africa.

It also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Project, which the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is currently implementing. Speaking at the launch, NMBM Deputy Executive Mayor Bicks Ndoni said that sport development was one of the key focus areas that the Municipality was using to unite the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.

“Starting from last year, Nelson Mandela Bay has been blessed with great events, events of international stature. This has not only benefited participants, it has also benefited the business sector, and our hotels and retail business have been the biggest winners,” said Deputy Executive Mayor Ndoni.

The routes of the Relay and Marathon will start from Moiré College, run through Despatch and finish at the Port Elizabeth City Hall. The marathon starts at 06h30 and the relay at 07h00.

The event has been sanctioned by Eastern Province Athletics. The event is open to both individuals and groups. For the marathon, participants must be 20 years of age or older. Athletes may be requested to provide proof of age on the day and primary school participants must be born after 2004 to qualify for the relay – equating to a minimum age of 12 years.

Prize money for both men and women athletes participating in the marathon runs down to 5th place: R10 000, R6 000, R4 000, R3 000 and R1 500 respectively. All the other categories run down to 3rd place.

Prizes for club relay teams is a whopping R20 000 for male and female teams consisting of four members, and R6 000 for mixed teams also consisting of four members per team. Social and Corporate teams have eight members per team, with first prize set at R4 000. Relay legs are divided into a 10 km, 11.1 km, with Social and Corporates categories divided into eight legs.

Schools, both primary and high, have prizes tags of R4 000 each for first place, R1 600 for second and R1 200 for third. Note must be made of the bonus on offer of R10 000 to the winning Primary and High Schools; there are eight legs for the Schools.

“This is such an awesome event.  Be part of history being made! The relay offers a wonderful opportunity for team building and family bonding.” said Eastern Province Athletics, Michael Mbambani.