The 8th running of the Mandela Day Marathon will see 120 international athletes going the distance in various races in pursuit of crossing the finish line ahead of their fellow runners and within the cut off time.

The number of international athletes taking part in this year’s race is a welcomed testament that the marathon is gaining traction globally.

“Nelson Mandela himself was a world icon. Our former President was loved by many people across the globe and for us as the race organisers, this is welcomed news and a cherry on top in ensuring that Mandela Day Marathon becomes an all-encompassing reflection of Tata Madiba,” said uMgungundlovu District Mayor, Thobekile Maphumulo.

Off the 120 international athletes 29 will take part in the 21.1 KM race, 28 runners participate in the 10 KM race while 63 athletes will run the 42 KM race.

The international countries represent through the entries for this year’s race include 33 Zimbabweans, four Zambians, six Kenyans, 23 Lesotho nationals, four Malawians, three Mozambicans, one athlete from Russia, one athlete from Singapore, one runner from the United Kingdom, four from the United States of America and 26 Swaziland nationals, to name some of the countries represented in the upcoming marathon.

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