The Forever Resorts Loskop Series, comprising the traditional Loskop Marathon and the ever popular 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge, which is taking place on Saturday, 18 April 2015 has been fully subscribed on its closing date on 15 March 2015.
“As the Comrades Marathon this year celebrates its 90th run, the Loskop Ultra 50km is as popular a qualifying race as always and we expect some of Southern Africa’s top athletes to participate this year” says Hein Koch Race Director. The Loskop Ultra is a Comrades Marathon qualifying event and has a similar overall profile to that of Comrades. The expletives expressed on Varaday’s at Loskop mirror the cursings muttered under limited breath on Polly Shorts. This makes the Loskop Marathon an attractive challenge to both the elite and the run-of-the-pack competitor preparing for Comrades.
“The Loskop Ultra normally only allows for 3500 athletes and the 21,1km 1 500 runners, but we have allowed for over subscription and currently have 244 and 76 more entries on the races respectively. The organising committee also realised that this year will see the 29th run of the Loskop Ultra Marathon and not the 30th as previously communicated. In re-assessing our history in conjunction with the archives of our local newspaper, we concluded this” said Koch.
Although the first Loskop-marathon was run in 1979, it started off as a shorter 46km Ultra compared to the current 50km and only in 1987 was changed to a 50km Ultra run. This was also the first year that the marathon ended at Loskop Dam, a Forever Resort. The 21,1km “Wild Challenge” was then introduced in 2007 and the Rhino Fun Run in 2013. This means that next year will be a Commemorative year with the 30th run of the Ultra and the 10th run of the ever popular 21,1km Wild Challenge. Koch apologised for the earlier oversight and said the organising committee has a few great plans installed for next year.
The 50km Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon, is a favourite amongst seasoned road running athletes and with the Comrades Marathon’s 90th run, a great field of contenders are expected. The start, in Middelburg, takes place in the Highveld at an altitude of 1540 metres above sea level and ends in the Lowveld at an altitude of 930 metres above sea level.
The 9th 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge will be run through the scenic Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, which should not only offer a challenging and scenic route, but a ‘wild’ experience that make athletes return for more year after year. This half-marathon has constantly been rated favourite amongst the trail runners.
Entries for both events closed and athletes with enquiries can contact the marathon administrative office on Tel: (013) 243-2683 or Cell: 060 358 8546. Visit www.loskopmarathon.co.za for more information.
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