Mandela Marathon Registration Extended to 31 July 2013
The second annual Mandela Marathon takes place on the 25th of August 2013, from Manaye Hall in iMbali. The weekends events now incorporate 6 events, and more importantly the registration date has been extended to the 31st of July, due to public demand. Registration can be done now on www.mandelamarathon.co.za.
The six events include:
1. 4, 6664 km event from Midmar Dam on Saturday, 24 August 2013 at 08h00, focusing on school kids
2. 10km International cyclist’s event from Howick Stadium on Saturday , 24 August 2013 at 08h00
3. 4,6664 km event from Midmar Dam on Sunday , 25 August 2013 for elite runners (invitation only) at 07h00.
4. 10 km event from Howick Stadium on Sunday, 25 August 2013 at 07h00.
5. The flagship 42 km event from Manaye Hall to Capture Site on Sunday, 25 August 2013 at 07h00.
6. Demo races for disabled for both 42km and 10 km on Sunday, 25 August 2013 at 06h45.
Last year’s inaugural race marked the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s arrest outside Howick, after which he was incarcerated for more than two decades on Robben Island. He was arrested on 05 August 1962, a year after his landmark speech in Manaye Hall, Pietermaritzburg, on 26 March 1961. This marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy. This race is a way for us to rekindle our special relationship with the great Nelson Mandela and say ‘thank you’ for the life of Nelson Mandela which symbolises the triumph of the human spirit.
Mandela has a long history, not just with Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal but with the uMgungundlovu District as a whole.
The starting point of the race, Manaye Hall in iMbali, was the venue for the All-In-Africa Conference organised by the African National Congress on 25 March 1961. All political parties were invited but most backed off as they were reluctant so upset the Apartheid regime.
At the hall, Madiba made a surprise appearance and addressed the gathering, even though he was on the run already evading the apartheid police