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Keep Running the Legacy

The Mandela Day Marathon took place on 30 August 2015 and is said to be the fastest growing marathon in Africa. Athletes from around the world were invited to come and “KEEP RUNNING THE LEGACY” and have the opportunity to celebrate the life and commemorate the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
“It is absolutely appropriate that the full marathon challenges runners with a tough, unyielding uphill course. That is a fitting reflection on the life of Madiba,” said uMgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.

Photo: H.E. Mr. Bozin Nikolic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, and Mrs. Radojka Nikolic with Mr. Inkosi Mandla Mandela and uMgungundlovu Mayor Mr. Yusuf Bhamjee at the Nelson Mandela Marathon that took place on the 30 of August 2015 from Pietermaritzburg to Howick

The weekend of sporting festivities kicked off on Saturday, 29 August at 06H00 when the Trail runners started the 15km race followed by a shorter 7.5km sprint race. The mountain bikers set off on a full 42km route meandering through the hills around the capture site. The organizers have also added the 21km and 10km mountain biking routes. Following in the tradition of the Mandela Day Marathon, 2000 children from the region ran the legendary 4.6664 Km Children’s race from Midmar Dam through to the capture site.

The Full Marathon commenced at the Manaye Hall in Imbali, Edendale, where Madiba, then known as the “Black Pimpernel”, gave his last speech as a free man on 26 March 1961. The 42km runners faced the unrelenting and appropriately named 7km Struggle Hill to Sweetwater, before the shorter but steeper Challenge Climb to the highest point in Hilton which signals the drop towards Cedara. The Half Marathon started in the suburbs of Hilton with runners initially benefiting from the drop towards the Midlands Meander, but then facing more than a few undulations prior to running through Howick Stadium, which not only hosts the Anglo - Boer war memorial, but also the start venue  for the 10km race. All runners enjoy the many scenic views of Midmar Dam, the dam wall and the rolling foothills with the world famous Drakensburg Mountains as a backdrop, as the run finishes at the Nelson Mandela Capture site.

The uniquely designed Mandela Day Marathon medals were presented to all who completed the race.

The organisers are already looking forward to hosting the 5th edition of the Mandela Day marathon in 2016.

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