Cape Town - With a revised route that will showcase the rich heritage of
the area and a plan to put on the best marathon spectacle of 2015, the Old
Mutual Soweto Marathon is set to come back bigger and better this year.
On the day, runners will pass six significant heritage sites
on the marathon route, including Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the third
largest hospital in the world), Walter Sisulu Square (birthplace of 1955’s
Freedom Charter), Regina Mundi Catholic Church (also referred to as “the
people’s church” due to its role in the anti-apartheid struggle), Morris
Isaacson High School, Vilakazi Street and the Hector Pieterson Memorial.
“Running is obviously about achieving your goals,” says
Bandile Mngoma, Sponsorships Manager at Old Mutual Emerging Markets, “but the
Soweto Marathon is a special race in a special part of South Africa. We hope
you achieve your goals, but we also hope you take the time to enjoy yourself
and take in the stories that make Soweto great.”
Five ways to savour Soweto:
1. Slow down, take in the sights
The Old Mutual Soweto Marathon has a cut-off time of six
hours, three-and-a-half hours for the half marathon and two hours for the 10km.
There is more than enough time to stop and take pictures of your Soweto
Marathon experience and show others what they are missing out on.
2. Learn a little
The marathon route will pass the six landmarks mentioned
above as well as the Oppenheimer Memorial, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s current
home (please don’t ring the doorbell!) and the Jabulani Hostels. Before the
race, do a little research on each of these important sights to enrich your
3. Time your run
Race timing will be done via the ChampionChip race-timing
chip. Runners must use their own chip for the 42.2km, 21.1km and 10km runs. If
you don’t own a chip, you will be given the option to buy one or hire one
before the race. The ChampionChip is the chip you might have used at Comrades,
but is NOT the same chip used at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
4. Arrive early
This avoids last-minute panic and problems and, perhaps more
importantly, gives you an opportunity to go to the loo before the race.
5. Have fun
The People’s Race is all about connecting South Africans.
Get out there, have a blast, and run for more than yourself.
Old Mutual, which returns as the title sponsor of the Soweto
Marathon this year, believes that the race, the town and the people of the city
will combine to provide a day to remember for all participants.
“We are extremely excited about being associated with the
event once more,” says Mngoma. “The organisers have gone out of their way to
plan a route that will allow runners to get the most out of their visit to
Soweto. We are certain that local and international athletes will have the
running experience of their lifetime.”
The marathon will start and end at the Expo Centre
Johannesburg (NASREC) on November 1, 2015.
The registration date has been moved out until midnight on October 19, 2015 to allow athletes still wanting to participate in the 10km,
21.1km or 42.2km more time.
Runners can register at www.sowetomarathon.com or manually at
the following centres: Orlando Community Centre; The Sweat Shop, Dunkeld West
Shopping Centre, Fourways Crossing, Bedford Arcade, and South Downs Shopping
Centre; Run A Way Store in Lynnwood Ridge; Central Gauteng Athletics in Germiston;
The Runners Store, Tramshed Shopping Centre in Pretoria; and Running – Inn in
Brookline Centre in Pretoria.