THE ninth edition of the Freedom Run, presented in partnership with Eastern Province Athletics and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, will start and finish at the NU2 stadium in Motherwell on Saturday, April 27.
The Freedom Run, the race which was founded by Ikhamva AC, has grown from 176 entries in 2011 to 1 500 last year and organisers are expecting a strong turnout of runners.
According to founder of the Ikhamva Athletics Club, the Freedom Run and the Legacy Project Series, Mike Mbambani, this 10km run is regarded as the best and richest event on the Eastern Province Calendar.
â€œWe have introduced two R5 000 incentives for both the male (28.32) and female (33.21) records this year, sponsored by the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, so we are expecting a fast and exciting finish,â€? said Mbambani.
Ikhamva and Nedbank Athletic Clubs, who are organising the Freedom Run, will be assisted en route by volunteers from the local community.
The race includes a 10km road race and 5km family run/walk and the first 400 entrants in the 10km will receive free T-shirts.
Encouraged by the generous prize purse of R12 000 for the first male and female home, a number of top out-of-town runners have entered this year including running twins, Lebo and Lebohang Phalula.
The 10km has the added prestige of EP Championship status this year, so it will be interesting to see how local athletes compete. Last yearâ€™s first Eastern Province athlete