THE Aspen City Marathon, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, is enjoying an increase in popularity among runners from outside the Eastern Cape.
The fast, flat course is conducive to setting fast qualifying times for the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons.
The race, in its current form, has been run from the Lorraine Primary School since 2004.
Aspen Pharmacare took over as sponsor in 2007 and the venue moved next to the Lorraine NG church last year.
The route was initially changed in 2004 to move away from the bustling beachfront and busy suburban roads.
The marathon starts at the church at 5am.
After 3km the runners will find themselves in Theescombe.
Another 5km and they will climb up into Greenbushes.
The route will be marshalled at all major route turns, with water points after every 3km.
There will also be a 10km race starting at 6am and the Nando’s 5km fun run at 7am. Entry fee is R80 for the marathon, R30 for the 10km and R15 for the 5km.
The first 300 marathon entrants will receive a T-shirt.
Entries at all major sports shops in the metro close at 5pm on Wednesday.
Late entries will be taken at the NG Church in Lorraine from 4pm to 8pm on Friday and from 4am on the day of the race.
Enter online at www.entrytime.com
For info call Graham Elbourne on 082-925-3784 or Colin McAll on 082-885-5050.