700 expected for marathon

Queenstown Harriers are again proud to host the Twizza Bonkolo Marathon. The 43rd running of the marathon takes place on Saturday, November 2. It is one of the Border region’s most prestigious events and an official Comrades and Two Oceans Ultra Marathon qualifier.

The organisers have already received entries from all over South Africa who will be competing for top honours against the field of local talent. More than 700 runners are expected to start the race.

The route will start at the Bonkolo Dam, from where the 42.2km runners head out towards Aloe Grove and then meet up with those doing the half marathon back at the dam. Runners head back towards town and into Blue Rise, around the Berry Dam and through parts of Top Town.

The half marathon turning point will be at the end of Hangklip Road before returning to the dam via Kingsway and Livingstone Road.

The 42.2km runners are faced with the mountain drive which starts at the 25km mark and takes them all the way to Sunnyside before they make their way back to the Bonkolo Dam via Hangklip Road, Kingsway and Livingstone Road. The never-ending Livingstone Road towards the SPCA and the dam wall is arguably the most demanding section of the race. This is where strong minds have to overcome the tiredness of the body, but the runners are soon rewarded with the sight of the finish at the Bonkolo Dam.

The race starts promptly at 5.30am on the Saturday morning. There will be 22 refreshment stations to look after the needs of the runners on the route, supplying water and Twizza cold drinks.

Race registration will take place on Thursday, October 31, at the Queenstown Harriers Club in Frost Street from 5.30pm to 8pm and on Friday, November 1, at the Queenstown Power and Yacht Club (Bonkolo Dam) from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Entries can be submitted online at www.rutronics.co.za/bong.html and at Louis Sports or Queenstown Harriers until Friday, October 25.

The race committee thanks the main sponsor, Twizza, and the whole Komani community for their support and extends best wishes to all taking part.

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