Voet van Afrika marathon entries now open

The women open in the 2014 Voet van Afrika marathon was won by Candyce Hall (Carbineers) in 3:18:51. Ursula Frans (NBMCWP) in 3:21:41 was second and Suzette Vermaak (NEDWP) in 3:26:47 third. Hall received her trophy from Cllr Richard Mitchell, Executive Mayor of Cape Agulhas Municipality. Photo: Heyne Brink, Mega Media

The women open in the 2014 Voet van Afrika marathon was won by Candyce Hall (Carbineers) in 3:18:51. Ursula Frans (NBMCWP) in 3:21:41 was second and Suzette Vermaak (NEDWP) in 3:26:47 third. Hall received her trophy from Cllr Richard Mitchell, Executive Mayor of Cape Agulhas Municipality. Photo: Heyne Brink, Mega Media

All systems are going for the historic 2015 Voet van Afrika Marathon. The race will take place within the Mega Sport Classic weekend filled with sport and development on Saturday, 17 October at Mega Park, Bredasdorp.

According to Elana Meyer, endorser of this tough classic marathon the best news is that the Voet will be back on a great part of the original Voet van Afrika route over the mountain. Meyer won her first half marathon, the event in which she held the world senior record five times in her career, at the age of 13 at the Voet.

Elana’s co-star at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and winner of the gold in the Olympic Marathon Jusiah Thugwane is the current holder of the more than 20 year old Voet van Afrika marathon record on the historic route.

The race is the most southern 42.2km on the African continent. The 38th Voet will coincide with an exciting and comprehensive national sport expo, Top 10 schools athletics, youth development and road race family program for the full weekend from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October.

The Voet, currently the third most popular marathon in South Africa will this year be supported by Cape Agulhas Municipality, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the Nedbank Runner’s Guide. The 42.2km, 21.1km and 10km races will all finish indoor at the 8 000m² Mega Park exhibition centre.

Athletes are reminded that online entries may be done at www.topevents.co.za. Athletes may also enter at well-known sport outlets in the Western Cape and the Overberg until 6 October. More information about the Voet, as well as the rest of the Mega Sport Classic weekend events, is available at www.megasportclassic.com and www.runnersguide.co.za .

According to Orton King, Group Executive Director of Mega Group, organisers of the Voet and Mega Sport Classic weekend, the Bredasdorp High School Top 10 primary and secondary schools athletics; the popular Voet van Afrika MTB Challenge; an all-weekend multisport expo and a youth sport and leadership program by Education Connection, will all coincide with the 2015 Voet marathon and the Toontjie fun run.

Accommodation bookings may be directed to Cape Agulhas Tourism at www.xplorio.com or 028 424 2883.

ONLINE ENTRIES: VOET VAN AFRIKA RACES AND VOET VAN AFRIKA MTB CHALLENGE: TOP EVENTS – 021 511 7130 / info@topevents.co.za

BHS TOP 10 ATHLETICS ENQUIRIES & ENTRIES: Christopher van Niekerk / 082 820 1033 / joleenva@gmail.com

GENERAL ENQUIRIES: Esther Möller / 028 424 2890 / esther@agrimega.co.za