Running for democracy in Empondoland

Just a few days after the sixth General Elections, runners taking part in the three Empondoland Marathon events finishing at Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape on Sunday will be celebrating 25 years of democracy.

The three events – a 42.2km standard marathon, a 21,1km half marathon and a 10km race – are hosted and organised by the Lusikisiki Harriers as a celebration of a quarter of a century of democracy in South Africa.

The 42,2km race starts outside Bargain Wholesalers on the outskirts of Flagstaff and although the road is predominantly downhill to the finish at the New Rest Sports Ground just outside Lusikisiki, the athletes will have to tackle some tough hills on the undulating route along the R61. The 21,1km covers the second half of the standard marathon course with the half-marathon competitors setting off from the Bhukazi Bus Stop. The 10km starts at the Palmerton Bus Stop, also on the R61.

The full distance event starts at 6am, with the 21km at 6.30am and the 10km at 6.40am.

All finishers will receive Empondoland Marathon medals and there will be lucky draw prizes at the finish ceremony at New Rest Sports Ground.