Meet the youngest runner for the 2019 flagship race Mandela Day Marathon 2019
Twenty-year-old Hannah Main is the youngest participant in this year’s Mandela Day Marathon. In this Questions & Answer session Main sheds light about who she is ahead of this year’s race.
Q: Who are you and where are you from?
A: My name is Hannah Main, I am 20 years old and live in Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal. I run for Hollywood Bets Athletics Club and I am planning on running my first marathon this year at the 2019 Mandela Day Marathon.
Q: What do you do for a living?
I am currently a student at Varsity College and I am in my second year studying a Bachelor of Accounting degree.
Q: Why did you decide to take part in the Mandela Day Marathon?
A: I decided to take part in the 2019 Mandela Day Marathon as I have always wanted to run a Marathon and ultimately qualify for the Comrades Marathon. Mandela Day Marathon is a challenging marathon. I believe that if I can qualify at Mandela Day Marathon 2019 and I carry out sufficient training, I should be able to complete Comrades Marathon in 2020 and fulfil my dream.
Q: What does Mandela Day Marathon mean to you?
A: The task of running a marathon is challenging. Mandela Day Marathon is an event which recognises the challenges that those before us have endured and allows us to challenge ourselves. Participating in this event where everyone has a similar challenge of completing the course is inspiring. From the recreational runner to the elite athletes, the challenge is significant and the same.
Q: Have you run Mandela Day Marathon before?
A: No I have not run a Mandela Day Event before.
Q: What are your expectations for the 2019 Mandela Day Marathon?
A: I expect the Mandela Day marathon to be extremely challenging, especially the section from Pietermaritzburg to Hilton. I expect to finish the race within the cut off time and hopefully run under 04h50min. Considering the training I have done, I believe I am well prepared and therefore I should enjoy my race.