This past weekend at the Greytown Civic Hall, saw His Excellency President Jacob Zuma officially launch the second year of the upcoming 42.2km JG Zuma Marathon, which will take place between Albert Falls & Greytown on Sunday,
Addressing members of the provincial government, dignitaries from key municipalities around the province as well as members of the media, the President said that this sporting event, which has been named in his honour, is now becoming a major event on the province’s sporting calendar.
“Community leaders should be praised for recognising that a sporting event of this nature can improve the quality of life of local people through recreation and sport whilst also entrenching and promoting integrity, tenacity and self-motivation within disadvantaged rural communities,” he said. He added that key research had proven that sport can play a meaningful role in social transformation as well as inspiring individuals to reach their goals. He wrapped up by thanking the organizers, the community leaders within the respective districts as well as the various municipalities in making this sporting event a success.
The marathon, if which the distance is 42.2 kilometres will begin at 06h00 from Mpolweni, Albert Falls and finish off at the Greytown Lakhi Sports Ground. Prize giving is earmarked for 12 noon on Sunday, April 17th with his Excellency in attendance.
There will be cash prizes for the first ten runner’s home in the men & ladies open category as well as prizes for the top three in the relevant age groups as well as team cash prizes.
Race organisers said they would accept up to 10 000 entries for the event. Runners can enter on www.jgzumamarathon.co.za at an entry fee of R150.
For further information, please contact Vincent Zuma 082 691 8381 / Celi Makhoba on 0731758725 during office hours.