2014 AIMS Children’s Series Race

South Africa will once again be the proud host of the 2014 AIMS International Children’s Series Race in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal later this month.

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has secured the hosting of this corporate social investment initiative and will present the third AIMS Children Series Race at the George Cato Primary School in Cato Ridge on 21 June 2014. The race will be run under the auspices of KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA).

The CMA is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and also enjoys its revered recognition for the immeasurable contribution it makes to the road-running fraternity, both locally and globally.

Up to 1200 children between the ages of 9 and 15 from schools in and around Cato Ridge and the Valley of a Thousand Hills are expected to participate in the event. For many, it will be the first time that they get to participate in an event of this nature and share in the camaraderie and excitement of an international road-running event.

AIMS Vice President responsible for the AIMS Children’s Series, Martha Morales says, “I would like to thank the Comrades Marathon Association for the valuable collaboration to the social programme of AIMS – the AIMS Children´s Series Race. Congratulations for your great spirit of service.”

Morales adds, “South Africa is the best place to fulfil our objectives, the birthplace of some of the best athletes in the world. To AIMS and its members, this programme is a strong bond of solidarity and cooperation and the best tool to leave a legacy to the world of road-running.

Convener of the CMA’s CSI Committee, Alen Hattingh says, “The CMA is proud to host this event. We realize that our future Comrades Marathon runners are the young ones of our country and we would love to expose them to the joys of running.”
Hattingh adds, “This event will give the children who reside in the Valley of a Thousand Hills an opportunity to be a part of an athletics event, as there are not many sporting events that take place in that area that they can participate in.”

The event will be organised by the CMA with the help of 10 Sports Management Students doing their internship at the Comrades Marathon. This important skills transfer, is courtesy of the CMA’s skills development partner, CATHSSETA.

The AIMS Children’s Series Race is primarily aimed at exposing young people to the joys and benefits of running, while also providing them with a tangible opportunity to be a part of the greater Comrades Marathon experience.

Thami Vilakazi, CMA Marketing Coordinator and Race Convenor says. “Safety and security of the runners is paramount. There will be two ambulances and four medical personnel to assist with any potential medical eventualities. Durban Metro police will also be at the event to ensure the safety of the runners.”

Entry is free to all participants from the invited schools. Lucky draw prizes worth over R 5000 are up for grabs. All finishers will receive a medal and a race T-shirt. The 5km Fun Run fires off at 09h00 on Saturday, 21 June 2014, outside the George Cato Primary School and will finish inside the school grounds. The official cut-off time is 11h00.

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