Over 540 runners took to the road in the second edition of the 42.2km JG Zuma Marathon today (Sunday, April 17) which started at 5:30am from the New Venture Farm on the R33 – Mpolweni and finished at the King Edward Park in Greytown.
The first man home representing the Nedbank Running Club was Nyedimane Chabeli Sidwell from Klerksdorp who crossed the finish line in just 2:32:08 with the first woman home, from Pretoria, Tabitha Tsatsa in a time of 3:03:58. ,
32 year old, Nyedimane said that he was very happy to have pulled off the win for this event, which made him proud! He also added that from today’s winnings, this money will go towards his 10 year old daughter’s education fund.
Then in the ladies category, 43 year old Tabitha, from the Maxed Elite Running Club, who took first place, said that she was very excited that she won, as last year, in the inaugural event, she was placed second. “I found this particular marathon challenging due to the hills and am very grateful to my team for providing me the assistance on the route,” she said. When asked what she would do with her winnings, she emphatically replied “I will be investing it” with a smile!
With over R280 000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs for the respective age group categories & teams mentioned on the entry form, both Nyedimane & Tabitha each took home R50 000.
All finishers within the cut-off time received a bronze medal, cap or t-shirts and the top 10 in all age categories received a gold medal, cap and a t-shirt as well as their respective cash prizes.
Overall, the organisers were thrilled with the turn out from race participants as well as the crowd support and they look forward to growing this event even further in 2017, as this event is a Comrades Marathon qualifier!
His Excellency President JG Zuma, who personally presented the top 10 men & woman with medals, also gave a heartfelt speech thanking the local traditional leaders, the organisers, the various municipalities, the marshals’, as well as race participants and everyone who contributed towards making the 2016 JG Zuma Marathon the huge success that it was. He also added that he was pleased that the event has started to grow in numbers since the inaugural marathon took place last year on April 26th.