2nd CDM marathon a spectacular success

CLOSE to 5,000 runners lit up Polokwane streets with their colourful running gear to participate in the second annual CDM Marathon. When the gunshot ran for the four categories of 5, 10, 21 and 42kms, runners spread out onto their routes heading east of Polokwane.

 While for most, it was just a memorable day to run for fun and keep healthy, for many, the eyes were on the R150 000 cash prizes. With cool and ambient, overcast weather giving the race a nod in the morning, athletes were grateful to run and show character in a non-dehydrating conditions.

Polokwane residents and motorists lined up the streets to cheer the runners. The 5km and 10km categories were clearly for the part time – if not first time runners who struggled to negotiate the steep towards Flora Park; while longer, under-subscribed and tougher distances – 21km and 42km were for those with strong cardio endurance who were in it to prepare and qualify for ultra-marathons such as Two Oceans and Comrades.

After grueling three hours, loud cheers awaited the 42km front-runners as they edged towards the finish line. Kenyan Moses Kurgat stepped up and emerged through the track to win the 42km men’s race, for the second time after winning the same category last year.

 MEC’s Phophi Ramathuba and Onicca Moloi and Lepelle Northern Water Mr Phineas Legodi were also in the race. Legodi thanked all runners who rose to the occasion to take part in the marathon. “Everyone who participated is a winner and as Lepelle Northern Water we are proud to be part of the race and winners”, he said. The 2018 edition of the race was sponsored by Lepelle Northern Water.

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