19th Witness Maritzburg City Marathon
powered by Clover
Some might say the Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover, is “done and dusted”. I believe that “done and washed” might be a better phrase to describe the weekend’s activities. All the plans we had didn’t cater for the deluge on Saturday evening and the excitement the aftermath created.
But let’s take a few steps back….
From our Race Launch back in October 2014, through Coach Norrie’s daily training programs in the Witness, right to Marathon Weekend, we have received the most amazing support from our Sponsors and Partners. From the smallest contributor right up to the title sponsors, Witness and Clover. We are extremely grateful. Once again, I’d like to reiterate the vital role played by these folk. With a total event cost of around R4,5m (if everything had to be paid for), the entry fees at just about R650000 don’t come close to covering the costs. So, once again, and again, and again….
Now, let’s focus on Marathon Weekend….
We opened registration, on time, on Friday morning. PinkDrive, More Balls Than Most and the Durban University of Technology’s Medical School visited the Eastwood Community. They chatted to and offered consultation and counselling to the community and also visited, with the Principal’s kind permission, the Eastwood High School. With 1550 learners, propecia online this is by far the biggest school in the region and the Principal, Staff and Learners should be complimented on their punctuality, behaviour and participation. The process flowed smoothly and led on into our Marathon concert, hosted in partnership with Community Chest, on Friday evening. The local talent on show was amazing and our new Race Mascot, CT, accompanied Trisch Rosema of PinkDrive to light the Marathon Flame.
Saturday morning and the Maritzburg City Trail runs were once again, professionally presented by our partner, Andrew Booth, of KZN Trail Running. Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are convinced that this unique facet to Marathon Weekend is set to grow. What a great vibe throughout the day with PinkDrive’s KidZone a hive of activity and a steady stream of entrants registering and enjoying some of the fare on sale.
From 2pm we saw another year of growth in our MaraFuns which are sponsored by Bidvest through PinkDrive and MBTM. This year, in line with our partnership with Maritzburg United, our local Premier League Football Team, the kids were joined by some of the players. Very nice young gentlemen and a fine example to the youngsters. All the proceeds of the MaraFuns and KidZone will be passed on to our three official charities along with runner donation and the proceeds of the Charity Entry (very very late entry) sales. The charities will share in excess of R40000. Thank you to all who contributed in any way.
As we wound down into the evening on Saturday, the heavens opened. My goodness gracious me. What a lot of water. The entire finish venue was about 300mm deep in water. I remembered one of the presentations at the 2012 AIMS Congress in Prague. “At what stage do you call off your event?”
Quite obviously 300 odd people would not be able to sleep in the tents set up for that purpose. Eileen, Daleen and the team cleared the registration and T shirts from the hall and everyone moved in there. Denise and her team provided hot supper for everyone and we called it a night.
Whilst we were setting up again, at around 3am, the heavens opened again. Again that thought crossed my mind but was quickly banished. We’re runners, after all!
A call came naked celebrities in from Braam, out on the route. “Murray Road (10km mark) is completely flooded”.
The tussle started in my mind. I’ve never held up a start or cut off gun for anything. The thought of the lead car and the lead runners arriving in the dark, suddenly, and at about 3 minutes a kilometre (20kmh) in knee deep water decided me. 10 minutes should just about allow for it to be light when they got there.
You all know that we have a Clover lorry dedicated to each table. At 05H25, having shuffled trucks and had Quintin and Justin moving stock on the route, Joey’s HUGE towing lorry was pulling the last of these trucks naked celebrities from the mud! IT WORKED! By the time the runners got to the tables, all was set up and each had their lorry!
The rest is history. Perfect running weather. A wonderful vibe. Three new records. cartoon porn pics You said it all.
To quote John Wilson, a visitor from Canada…..
“This was one of the best half marathon races that I have attended (not because of my time, which was terrible - medical issues). The race was very well organized with the results posted the same day, the emails timely and informative, and the communication with the runners both elite and want-a-bees accurate at start and finish. The volunteers were plentiful and helpful – providing lots of hydration and inspiration. The participants were friendly, family-oriented, and fun loving. Just a thoroughly enjoyable race. I have raced over 25 half marathons in 4 countries and 3 continents. Thank-you for this experience!”
I’d like to extend my Milf Porn thanks to all involved. From our hospitality partners, Protea Imperial Hotel to McCarthy Renault PMB, who wrapped the lead car in pink to adult anime befit the race. Msunduzi Municipality who tried to get all the potholes fixed and the grass cut and,in answer to all our prayers, didn’t load shed our area over the weekend. Our sister AIMS races, the Mandela Day marathon, Comrades Marathon and the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, with whom we co-operate so closely. Blomeyer’s Electrical who did all our electrical infrastructure, Event medical Services, Dr Mergen Naidoo, Kara Nchhas, PWC, X-tec, On Tap, Mace Safety Solutions, ABI, bottlers of Coke, Form and Fitness, Panamor and HYDRAssist. The Durban University of Technology, Community Chest, Potatoes SA, Splash Fruit Juices, Pink Drive, MBTM, Bidvest, Finishtime, Merchiston School, Mediclinic, Wasteman, Jetline Action Photo, Hollard, Stage Group, KZN Trail Running, AG Hall, Valobex who do all our T shirts, etc, and, of course, The Witness and Clover. Let’s not forget all the table helpers, traffic officers, marshals, soldiers, disaster management, caterers, the guys and girls from the Sergeants’ mess (pub), KidZone, and, yes, we do need to thank the KZNA referees and officials, without whom, the race would have no status.
As you can see, that is a veritable army of helpers that I am privileged to have backing the Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover.
Without all of the above and many many more, celebrity gossip we would never be able to stage an event of this calibre.
Finally, I owe my biggest thanks to the Race Organising committee. I never coined the phrase, a FaceBook contributor did. You are the “DREAM TEAM”.
Thank you, almost 5000 of you from all over the world, who came and took part in the 2015 Maritzburg City celebrity porn Marathon Experience.
This is your invitation to join us, again, on mobile teen porn marathon weekend, from the 26th to 28th February, 2016, when we will celebrate the 20th Witness Maritzburg City marathon, powered by CLOVER!