Other sport 3.7.2014 06:00 am

New marathon honours Madiba

THEN AND NOW. Current Comrades Marathon winner Bongmusa Mthembu, left, and nine-time Comrades winner Bruce Fordyce at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton yesterday. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

THEN AND NOW. Current Comrades Marathon winner Bongmusa Mthembu, left, and nine-time Comrades winner Bruce Fordyce at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton yesterday. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The Madiba faithful have been asked to run for the beloved former statesman this year in a marathon marking Mandela’s long walk to freedom.

The Mandela Day Marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Howick in KwaZulu-Natal has been “historically structured”, it was revealed at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Joburg yesterday.

The 42.2km race will start at Manaye Hall in iMbali – the venue for the ANC’s All-in African Conference on March 25, 1961. The finish will be at the Mandela Capture Site. Some of the country’s MECs may be crossing the line too.

Among six race ambassadors are Comrades Marathon legend Bruce Fordyce and this year’s winner, Bongumusa Mthembu.

The foundation’s CEO, Sello Hatang, said: “The most important thing here is honouring Mandela’s legacy through this marathon.”

The Mandela Day race, which launched in 2012, has now partnered with the foundation.

Hatang challenged members of the public to help with a target of 67 000 participants in honour of Mandela’s 67 years of service.

All proceeds from entry fees would be handed to charity.

 

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