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The 2016 edition of “The People’s Race”, the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon, will see the race’s start and finish hosted at FNB Stadium for the first time

New venue for Soweto Marathon

The 2016 edition of “The People’s Race”, the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon, will see the race’s start and finish hosted at FNB Stadium for the first time. The organisers of the marathon invite athletes to “Be Part of The People’s Race: A Movement Greater Than Yourself”. It encourages South Africans to learn more about Soweto and exposes international runners to one of the most vibrant parts of the country. The route honours Soweto’s rich history, with runners passing six significant heritage sites on the marathon route. These include:

  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the third largest hospital in the world with 3,400 beds and 6,760 staff members;

  • Walter Sisulu Square, the birthplace in 1955 of The Freedom Charter which outlined the vision of a non-racial South Africa based on liberty and civil rights;

  • The Regina Mundi Catholic Church, which became famous for its role in the anti-apartheid struggle and where Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu presided over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings;

  • Morris Isaacson High School, where learners played a central role in the Soweto Uprising of 1976;

  • Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to have had two Nobel Prize winners as residents. They were former South African President Nelson Mandela and Tutu.

  • The Hector Pieterson Memorial, named in honour of the 13-year-old who was one of the first fatal victims of police action during the Soweto Uprising.

A total of 25,000 runners are expected to take part in the three races staged on 6 November. The standard marathon (42.2km) will start at 6am, the half marathon (21.1km) at6.30am and the 10km run at 7am. Race registration can be done online at www.sowetomarathon.com, with entries closing at midnight on September 5 or once each distance has reached its capacity (9,000 participants for the 42.2km, 8,000 for the 21.1km run and 8,000 for the 10km run). For more info contact info@sowetomarathon.com or call 0619171001 or 0619181002.

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