Entries still open for Soweto Marathon

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Athletes who failed to beat yesterday's deadline to registrer for the Nedbank Soweto Marathon will still have a chance to register at specified areas.

Late entries for the November 4 race will be taken from Monday until November 3, but Athletics South Africa (ASA) has made it clear there will be no number collection on the day of the race.

The deadline yesterday meant that athletes will not be able to register online or through the fax system. This means that those who want to make late registrations will be expected to personally go to the registration areas to do so.

Late entries will be taken at Pilditch in Pretoria on October 29 and 30. Further entries will be taken on October 31 and November 1 at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, and finally at Elkah Stadium, in Soweto, on November 2 and 3.

The entry fee for the main race is R65 and R40 for the 20km event.

Those who wish to compete in the 10km and the wheelchair race will pay R30.

ASA is targeting 20 000 athletes for the popular race.

Molatelo Malehopo, ASA's development manager, said they counted more than 6 000 entries before the deadline.

"But the entries could be far more than 6 000 because there are athletes who registered at our provincial offices and we are still to count those entries," Malehopo said.

For further information phone ASA's office in Johannesburg at (011) 880-5800.