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By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Sep 11, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 6 ]

ATHLETICS South Africa [ASA] have assured runners that the Soweto Marathon will take place on November 2, saying they will save the popular race despite being cash-strapped themselves.

The assurance by ASA president James Evans comes 24 hours after the Soweto Marathon Trust announced that the event was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.

On his arrival from Poland yesterday, Evans said he was angry the Trust cancelled the iconic marathon without consulting ASA and the Soweto community.

"All the allegations by the Trust are not true and they have no authority to cancel the Soweto Marathon. The Soweto Marathon Trust does not own the marathon, it is a property of the people of Soweto," said Evans.

"We will definitely save the marathon, which is a big brand globally. Also remember, we have a contract with the SABC to stage the marathon."

He urged runners to keep on training for the Soweto Marathon this year because they will secure money to pay for their prizes.

On Monday, Trust chairman Sello Khunou said they decided to cancel the marathon after consultation with the Soweto athletics clubs.

"I take this opportunity to offer our sincere apology to all concerned. We readily acknowledge the fact that this is a sad day for road running in our country. However, we do not believe that it is time for us to sit back and lick our wounds," said Khunou.

Khunou said they were disappointed Evans would not allow them access to the R10-million broadcast rights money given to ASA by the public broadcaster for various high-profile road races.

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Soweto Mar 4 life we run the marathon to keep ourselves healthy we can bring our bottles and run the marathon if Chuene is fighting his political battles sorry we nt tha part

Sep 11, 2013 8:13 | 0 replies

How are you planning to save the race James exactly? Please bear in mind that this is not only about the prize money. Will you have people to marshall, help at water points, that is if there will be water on the tables, will you secure sponsor from ABI? We know what happened in the previous years so I so wish that you do your utmost best as ASA to save the day and raise the bar at the same time. Good luck to all those involved in saving this prestigious event.

Sep 11, 2013 8:16 | 0 replies

Already this is a crisis. I love running but I will not be doing the Soweto this year. All the best to everyone!

Sep 11, 2013 12:9 | 0 replies

These guys from the Trust must be true to themselves, if they can't be Trustees or they are failing to do what they are suppose to do, they must give this race to the ASA. I mean I listened to the guy on 083 Sport with Marawa, he is clueless, they just want to cash on sponsors monies. That is the problem with us Black people, we want to put our big fingers in the Cash, withought having worked for it.
I will continue running Soweto Marathon every year, it is for fitness not for money

Sep 11, 2013 12:32 | 0 replies

Last year's race was not well organised, So I will not be running it this year. The Soweto marathon organisers can learn alot from The "Joburg Toughets race 21km" from Pirates club in Greenside.

Sep 11, 2013 2:32 | 0 replies

I was even prepared to travel from Durban to Jo'burg for the race because our club normally treats Soweto marathon like an "end of year Braai" after a long running season

Even if its on, im not running this year

Sep 11, 2013 3:43 | 0 replies