The Platinum Belt Marathon – Running For The Community
By Sk | 7 November 2017
“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.”
~ Christopher McDougall
Community. It is the glue that holds many of us through work, life and sometimes the unimaginable. The efforts to enforce this sense of community always have positive impacts if not materialistically, spiritually or emotionally. This November, through sport, sees the North West Province unite alongside the Bakwena and Bapo communities, as well as international and local sporting communities, for the first of what will be an annual race held in the province.
The ‘Platinum Belt Marathon™’ will be held on Sunday the 26th November 2017. South African Mining Sports Association (SAMSA) together with Just Sports, will be the official hosts of the race proudly supported by Anglo American, Bojanala Platinum District Municipality & Madibeng Local Municipality. The race will be officially timed and managed via international standards by www.championchip.co.za. The marathon will include a 42km, 21km & 10km route starting from Phokeng to Wonderkop, situated in the North-West Province near Rustenburg.
Bringing economic development to the area, Just Sports will use members from the local communities to help facilitate the race thus creating employment within the community. The purpose of the race is to encourage runners to take part in healing a community heavily affected by the Marikana Massacre within the surrounding areas. The race will promote sporting excellence, deter crime & encourage a safer Platinum Belt Community.
Approximately 3000 athletes and participants are expected, comprising of different races from all the communities, which will kick off in Phokeng and conclude at the Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana. The race hosts hope to induct a culture of sporting excellence within the province thus making the whole initiative a compelling developmental and community building phenomenon, advancing the core sports developmental agenda.
Date: 26 November 2017
Times: Races will start at 5.30am, with a 6-hour cut off time and all races will finish at Marikana, Wonderkop Stadium
Entries: R100 Entry forms are now live and available here: http://onreg.com/platinumbelt2017
42km – commences at the Caltex Garage (Phokeng)
21km – commences at the 4 way stop D108 Road
10km – commences at Marikana, Wonderkop Stadium
The ‘Platinum Belt Marathon™’ will be a commemorative day of fun and activities with over R50 000 in cash prizes to be won. Visit www.platinumrace.co.za for more details on the race or keep it social on their handles below:
Facebook: Platinum Race