Old Mutual Soweto Marathon, Half & 10 km

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Date: 05 November 2017
Time: 05h30
Organisers: The Soweto Marathon Trust
Distance: 42.2; 21.1; 10;
Province: Central Gauteng
Start: FNB Stadium
Race Changes 12 Jun 2017
  Race Date changed changed from 01/01/2017 to 05/11/2017.
Start Time changed changed from 06h00 to 05h30.
Contact 1: Race Organiser
(W) 061-9171001 (09h00-16h00)
(C) 061-9181002
Entry Details:
Pre-entries are accepted at leading local sports stores. Postal entries for the marathon event are accepted up to two weeks before the event. Hand delivered entries are accepted at the Central Gauteng offices up to one week before the race. All events are strictly pre-entry. Registration takes place at various venues the week before the event. Grand Masters enjoy free entry.
Route Description:
Difficulty Rating: 4. Route Type: Circular
Most of the hard work in the Soweto Marathon is done after the halfway mark. Your early discretion will pay dividends later on. As you charge down Rand Show Road into South Africa’s most famous township you may be lulled into false sense of security. Just remember the closing stages of the race has some testing pull in it.

The route takes you into the historic heart of Soweto and by the 10-kilometre marker you will have to skip around the early morning hustle and bustle of Walter Sisulu Square. Onwards to the Regina Mundi Church. This is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa. During the struggle years it was a gathering point for the people of Soweto and is often referred to as "the people's church". From 1995 to 1998 Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu presided over Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings at Regina Mundi.

Just before the halfway mark is the Morris Isaacson High School. A small landmark to be sure, its historical significance is large. On 1 May 1993 Nelson Mandela visited the school to celebrate the school's role in the Soweto Uprising and nation's transformation.

The second half of the race takes you into Vilakazi Street. This is the only street in the world that was once home to two Nobel Peace Laureates – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As you wind and climb the hill you will also pass Uncle Tom’s Community Hall and the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial which commemorate the 1976 student uprising. A good time to reflect on our country’s robust recent past.

By now the halfway mark is gone and before you a three kilometre climb that will test your mind as much as it will your body. There is some respite and the downhill stretch to the 30-kilometre marker is welcome. Here, as the U2 rock band romanticised, is the ‘Street With No Name’. Bite down hard; the race begins from this point.

This is more than just a tour through the warm heart of Soweto, it is a journey through our tumultuous history. To be sure the route is an undulating one, testing at times but it is a passage full of great reward, made extra special by the people of Soweto. Heta bra, what a race!

The half marathon and 10 kilometre events are easy, uncomplicated runs, moderate in their challenge. The last three kilometres are downhill and will give you a fast finish.

Soweto Marathon
Prizes and Give-Aways:
Generous cash prizes go to all category winners. T-shirts and goodie bags go to all entrants. Medals go to all finishers.
Course Records:
Name Time Year
Men Elijah Mutandiro 02:17:19 2003
Women Gwen van Lingen 02:45:37 2001
Editor's Notes:
If there is one marathon every South African needs to do it is this one. Known as the People’s Marathon, it could equally be called the Friendly Marathon based on the ever present crowd support and encouragement. The streets are lined by the community cheering, chanting and encouraging runners over what is certainly a challenging route but one that is filled with the history that forged the new South Africa.

Finishers: 8000 Time Limit: 06:30
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