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February 01, 2005

Forever Resorts South Africa is sponsoring the Loskop Ultra Marathon 2005

The Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon remains a popular fixture on the road running calendar and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Loskop Marathon, which is scheduled for Saturday, 23 April 2005.

Rated as South Africa's third best ultra-marathon after Comrades and Two Oceans, the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon is expected to attract some exciting entries this year to mark its 20 years of existence.

The course is somewhat misleading, as many athletes think that it should be a relatively easy run, starting in the Highveld and ending in the Lowveld. The organisers describe the course, however, as undulating and challenging, and this it is. This 50km ultra marathon starts at 06h00 in Wanderers Street in Middelburg (Mpumalanga) and ends at the Forever Resorts Loskop Dam. The race passes through the scenic surroundings of Keerom, Botshabelo and the Loskop Valley and boasts a challenging and undulating route, certain to give any athlete the opportunity to test their mettle.

As a Comrades Marathon qualifier, runners have six-and-a-half hours in which to finish the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon. Athletes can visit the official race website to view the race profile, source any specific information on the event as well as enter on-line.

Prize money in the region of R30 000 is offered to the winners and runners-up in the men's, women's, veterans, masters, grand masters and team categories. In addition, an incentive prize of R20 000 is on offer to the first athlete who breaks the course record in the men and women categories. The current Loskop Marathon Men's record was set by Simon Peu of Harmony in 2003 in a time of 2:44:45. The Women's course record was set by Paulina Phaho, also of Harmony, in 2004 in a time of 3:17:31.

The entry fee for this year's race has remained at R70 and as this is a pre-entry event only, the deadline for entries is the 4th of April 2005. Athletes can enter on-line or submit a manual entry using the entry forms available from the Race Administration office (Contact: (013) 243-2683) or your nearest leading sports store.

Issued by:
Bradley Brouwer
Forever Resorts Sales & Marketing Director
Tel: (011) 207 3652

For enquiries contact:
Lenise Dotzler
Race Special Hotline: 082 888 6598
(from 07H00 - 17H00 only)


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