Media statement on DUT- Maritzburg Marathon partnership
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is proud to announce that it is one of the three senior partners of the 15th Annual Maritzburg Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, 27 February 2011. The marathon will kick off at 5am with a shot fired by the SA Navy’s Saluting Gun, outside Merchiston School on Bulwer Street and will finish at the Cabineers Drill Hall on Greere Street, at Pietermaritzburg’s central town at 11am.
Organising Committee Chairperson, John Hall said the event has received tremendous support from the Durban and Pietermaritzburg community over the last 15 years. The marathon was established in 1997 with 1800 participants. “We are pleased with the sponsorship from the private and corporate sector and look forward to expanding next year’s itinerary. A total of 6000 participants are expected to participate across all the distances offered, with preregistration entries of 4000 runners and walkers competing in the 42km marathon and half marathon. We are honoured to have two American runners, a blind runner and paraplegic athlete supporting the initiative,” he said.
“The event is traditionally split into the 42km marathon and 21km half marathon and is one of four South African events that meet the stringent requirements with the Association of International Marathons (AIMS). The marathon is also a race qualifier for the Comrades and Old Mutual Two Oceans marathons. More Comrades entrants use this marathon as the qualifier than any other race. We are also currently engaged in talks to twin the event with the Mumbai Marathon,” said Hall.
The Maritzburg Marathon promises to be fun and entertaining with a wide range of activities for all ages. A KidZone has been introduced, to provide supervised professional care to children while parents participate in activities. The event will also host a 4.2km and 2.1km run for parents with active children, a 420m and 210m run for preschoolers, a 42m toddler trot and 21m nappy crawl.
Security will be beefed up to ensure public safety; a full medical facility will be set up to treat athletes. The medical team will include a doctor and two nursing assistants, a team of DUT chiropractors and physiotherapists, two fully equipped ambulance patrol services, Netcare 911Advance Life Support paramedics with emergency support from Netcare St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.
For more information, visit www.pmb42.co.za or contact Bhekani Dlamini on 031 373 2845 who will assist to facilitate the interview