Elite Marathoners Set Their Sights On 2017 Legends Marathon

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The fourth edition of the Legends Marathon will take place on Sunday,  24 September  2017, in East London. Four events will be offered, 68 km ultra-marathon, 21.1km half marathon, the 10 Km race and 5km fun run.

 The Legends Marathon, which has been accredited by the world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), is to take place in exactly 3 months, 11  days from today and is gaining popularity among elite athletes. Marko Mambo will be back to defend his 68km record, while the 21,1 km race will attract the top half marathon runners in the country.

Elite runners from Zimbabwea, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea, have already signed up.  The accreditation by the International Association for International Marathon Standards (AIMS) is yielding results as the race organisers have received entries by elite runners and about 20 are pending clearance from their respective federations.

Legends Marathon is thrilled to announce its partnership with Born2Run with the aim of celebrating the 60:11 half marathon record achieved in East London exactly 30 years ago.

In the course of the three years, Legends Marathon has emerged as the region’s fastest growing sports tourism event and the richest race in the Eastern Cape. The routes will once again be lined with unique live kilometres or cheering-on points Marathon runners will pass 68 water points on their 68 km journey, while half-marathon runners will pass 7 points. 10 and 5 km runners will pass three such points.

This year the race is expected to be a humdinger what with the record number of elite athletes that have signed up. 

Collen Makaza – Current IAU World 50km Champion and 2010 IAU World 50km Champion, and inaugural winner of Legends Marathon and course record holder. 2nd Two Oceans 2015. Collen did not compete in the Legends Marathon 2014 due to competing at the IAU World 50km Final in Doha, Qatar. An experienced Ultra Marathoner who is set to tackle the fast Legends Marathon course this year with the aim of breaking records.

Ludwick Mamabolo - An extremely fierce competitor and a fantastic track record at Ultra Marathons. He has 5 Comrades starts with one win, 2 podiums and additional Golds. At the inaugural Legends Marathon he was 2nd.  He picked up a hamstring injury at Comrades this year and had a DNF but has full recovered. With not completing the 89km Comrades this year his legs will be fresh and it is expected he will be a serious contender.