Presented by uMgungundlovu district municipality and hosted by greater Edendale Athletics Club
The uMgungundlovu district municipality has officially announced that it will host a Mandela Day Marathon on August the 26 as part of former president Nelson Mandela's birthday celebrations. The 42.2 kilometre race was initially planned for July the eighth, but was postponed to make it coincide with the 50th anniversary of Mandela's imprisonment.
The race is expected to start at Manaye Hall, outside Pietermaritzburg where Mandela made his last public speech and end in Greytown at the spot where he was arrested to begin his 27-year incarceration. Applications will open on July 8 and close on August 14.
Municipal mayor Yusaf Bamjee says: "This marathon signifies the trials and tribulations of Madiba who pursued the struggles of the freedom being the consolidation of a non racial non sexist democratic South Africa. It is a process that will help unite all South Africans nationally and also make an impact internationally on how important Madiba's legacy is and we have to do everything in our power to cherish this legacy and the legacy of the organisation that's delivered Madiba - the African National Congress."