25th run of the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon Series
The 25th run of the popular Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon Series will take place on Saturday, 17 April 2010.
The 50km Loskop Marathon from Middelburg to Loskop Dam has been rated as the top ultra marathon for 2009, outperforming both the Comrades and the Two Oceans Marathons. The Forever Resorts Wild Challenge, a 21,1km off-cross country run through the Loskop Nature Reserve is growing in popularity amongst shorter distance runners.
“We are proud that both our races scored 90% with our patrons during 2009. Both races are growing in popularity and in 2010 with the running of the 25th Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon, we are expecting even a higher level of satisfaction” said Christo Wagenaar, Group Marketing Manager of Forever Resorts.
Race participation will be limited to 3500 runners for the Ultra and 1500 for the 21,1km Wild Challenge. Although the deadline for entries is Thursday, 1 April 2010, more than a 1000 entries have already been received and the organizers expect both races to be fully subscribed within the next few weeks.
Whether runners are participating in either of the two events that make up the Series – the 50km Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon or the 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge – they will have to pre-enter.
The Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon is a 50km ultra marathon from Middelburg to Forever Resorts Loskopdam Resort and will start in Wanderers Street, Middelburg at 06h00. The Forever Resorts Wild Challenge is a 21.1km half marathon that is run through the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and starts at 06h30.
The race will again be using a Sport Timing system to record the athletes’ times. The system is used in many sporting codes including cycling and has proven its ability and accuracy. GijimaAST, the Forever Resorts Loskop Series IT partner, is responsible for the race database management and the final delivery of the results. “The system is highly effective; however, athletes are urged to keep the chip attached to their race numbers. We have instituted a ‘no chip – no time’ policy and this will be strictly enforced by the officials and marshalls at the Finish,” commented Hein Koch, race director.
Entry fees for the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon are R150,00 and R100,00 for the half marathon. To ensure that the runners receive added value for their entry fees, a goodie bag and branded sweat replacement t-shirt will be handed to all finishers as they cross the Finish at the Forever Resorts Loskopdam Resort.
Refreshments stations will provide Coke and Purified Water sachets at every 3km for the 1st half and every 2,5km for the 2nd half of the 50km route and every 3km for the 21,1 Wild Challenge.
Entries into the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon Series can be processed on-line via the official race website – www.loskopmarathon.co.za. Once again Action Photo will be in attendance to capture the runners’ as they make their way along the various Series’ routes.For further information, athletes can either visit the website or contact the Race Administration Office on (013) 243-2683.
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