The annual Legends Marathon will take a massive leap on its third edition this year that will surely put Buffalo City and the Eastern Cape on the map of international marathons. The Legends Marathon has received a timely boost from the International Association for International Marathon Standards (AIMS) which have accredited the race routes. The AIMS accreditation will span a period of three years (2015 – 2017).
AIMS is the premier member-based organisation composed of more than 350 of the world’s leading distance races from 102 countries. We can officially announce that the Legends Marathon finally got the most sought-after accreditation. The advantage of being accredited by AIMS is that the race will be listed in the AIMS calendar of events, which will surely attract elite international runners and boost tourism. And we continue to be the qualifying race for both Comrades Marathon and The Two Oceans Marathon.
Once again the race consists of three distances:
• 68km Starting at Bhisho stadium at 06:00 and finishing at the Jan Smuts Stadium in East London.
• 21,1km Starting at Jan Smuts Stadium at 07:00 and finishing at Jan Smuts Stadium in East London.
• 5km Fun run at 09h00 – start and end at the Jan Smuts Stadium.
Now in its third year, the race which is gaining popularity, will take place on Saturday, 3 October 2015, at the Jan Smuts Stadium. We are here to promote the race and invite foreign and local runners to join this prestigious homebrewed marathon. The race last year alone registered over R2, 2m in media coverage and this augurs well for our vision to promote sports tourism.
Our vision for the Legends Marathon has been to put the athlete first. To ensure we build the Legends Marathon into a popular can’t miss race meeting for athletes from across South Africa and beyond. The AIMS accreditation is a monumental boost because it is a step in the right direction.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the event will be staged under the banner of the Border Athletics Club. This is a natural progression. Since inception, behind the scenes Oom Dan Louw and his dedicated team have been offering both technical and administrative advice, support and will lend credence to the province’s only internationally accredited marathon. In previous years we have staged the event with Overtakers and Real Gijimas and through this new partnership we will continue to adopt clubs that want to be empowered.
Registration is R190 for the 68km race and R70 for the 21km race. The Legends Marathon, features three races and these include the flagship 68km ultra marathon, which starts at Bhisho stadium at 6h00 am and finishes at the Jan Smuts Stadium in East London, followed by the prestigious 21km from Jan Smuts Stadium at 7h00 am and end at Jan Smuts Stadium, East London and the 5km Fun Run which will start and end at the Jan Smuts Stadium. Registration is now officially opened on www.legendsmarathon.co.za
Already Oom Dan Louw has been hard at work engaging clubs. We have scheduled a series of road shows that will kick-off in the Eastern Cape this month to visit clubs. This will be a unique opportunity for all athletes to come and share the type of experience they want as part of the build up to the race day. These activations are means of reaching out to athletes and ensuring that they have a memorable experience. We have learnt in the short time doing this marathon that the athletes has to be central and at the core of all our activities.
This year’s race will be timed by well-known timing and results company, Finish Time Event Management, who will be responsible for online entries, registration, timing and results.