The 26th edition of the Soweto Marathon is set for November the 3rd. In response to demands, race organisers have increased the entry limit from 10,000 to 40,000 runners. Hloni Mtimkulu attended the media launch in Soweto. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - The 26th edition of the Soweto Marathon, one of the most popular races in the country, is set for 3 November.
In response to demand, race organisers have increased the entry limit from 10 000 to 40 000 runners.
Soweto Marathon organisers are looking at a split of 15 000 runners each for the marathon and the 21km, with the remainder going to the 10km race.
The Soweto Marathon Trust admits they had logistics challenges in the past, especially around hydration, but say things have become much better since 2014.
But 40 000 is a game changer in terms of numbers — but organisers are frank about the challenge ahead.
Soweto Marathon Race Director Danny Bloomberg says over the last couple of years, the race has got the water allocations right, and that November is a very hot time of the year.
"We are going to work on the same ratios irrelevant of how many runners we’ve got, so we’re going to apply those same ratios, so from a water perspective and logistical perspective, I think we’re going to copy and paste what we’ve done and make sure that we tick those boxes for our runners.”