The Comrades Marathon happening on the 1st June 2014 is the world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon run over a distance of approximately 90 km between the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban. This year, the marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and ends in Durban, a ‘down-run.’
Nedbank has been a proud major co-sponsor of the “world’s ultimate human race” since 2002 bringing fun and flair to the only official spectator point along the route in a grand, enormously entertaining, eco-friendly Green Mile, which is situated along Kloof’s Old Main Road approximately 26 km from the finish line, called the #NedbankGreenMile, a major event in itself.
This magnificent ‘green’ community spectator zone is this year themed “Rock & Roll” and is free to all supporters, and is set to create an electrifying atmosphere for over a mile in length producing an important uplifting boost to runners who will have already run a gruelling 62 km at this point. Runners passing through the #NedbankGreenMile can look forward to receiving the first Green Energade available on race day plus live performances from some of Durban’s hottest bands and DJs. Add to this photographers, dancers, Sharks Rugby cheerleaders, drum majorettes, a Scottish Bag Pipe Band, a Steel Drum Band and a Marimba Band – all from Durban and surrounding areas – and the #NedbankGreenMile looks set to be a celebration of everything local!
The #NedbankGreenMile caters for the whole family on race day. Kids and the young at heart will delight in an action-packed Kids Fun Zone where entertainment includes face painting, balloon artists and jumping castles, plus much more. Here they’ll also get to meet their favourite Super Heroes.
Runner’s supporters will also be able to keep up with the race action from the large grandstand, which will be home to a large screen TV airing live footage and race commentary throughout the day.
Staying true to brand, everything available along the #NedbankGreenMile will be sourced locally and eco-friendly including all refreshments and food. All packaging and waste will be recycled in-line with environmental awareness and suitable sustainability practices.
Easy access to the #NedbankGreenMile can be gained from the M13 Hillcrest – Pinetown alternative highway travelling east towards Durban at the Pioneer off ramp. Follow the sign boards or follow www.facebook.com/nedbanksport or @nedbanksport on twitter for more information.
All are welcome and entry to the #NedbankGreenMile is free, so come be part of the action from 08h00 to 14h00 on Sunday, 1 June 2014!