Tshwane hosts marathon for Madiba

The Tshwane City Marathon, also called The Last Mile, will be hosted by the metro on 14 December to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s final journey through the city to the Union Buildings before he was laid to rest.

Marathon runners will start their race at 1 Military Hospital and make their way to the Union Buildings and then back to Waterkloof Air Force base for the final leg.

“The Last Mile is a celebration of a life well lived by a beloved statesman and global icon. It is also a commemoration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy, symbolising South Africa’s journey towards liberation and unity, a journey that culminated at the Union Buildings when Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president in May 1994,” said executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

In addition to the 42.2km main event, the marathon offers three shorter race distances: a half marathon of 21.1km, a 10km run and a 5km commemorative walk which will be held on Saturday 13 December.

“We plan to grow the Tshwane City Marathon into a race which can join ranks with the six world marathon majors – New York City, London, Boston, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo. The marathon is an opportunity for Tshwane, with its many cultural attractions, historical and heritage landmarks, to become a destination of choice for local and international runners,” Ramokgopa said.

To enter for the marathon visit www.tshwanecitymarathon.co.za

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