THE South African Masters Athletics Championships will be held at the NMMU Stadium from May 15-16.
The event will be hosted by Eastern Province Masters Athletics and will draw competitors from around the country.
EP official Nic Human said the event was a chance for older athletes to compete against their contemporaries.
“The coaches and administrators are from the athletes of yesteryear, who are still competitive but not at their former level,” Human said.
“These athletes still wish to compete, maybe even against former rival competitors, and the South African Masters event affords them this opportunity.
“Most sporting codes offer a masters component and it fills a very important role in sport.”
He said the event was also an occasion to renew old friendships.
The event is open to athletes over 30 for women, and over 35 for men.
Human encouraged roadrunners to enter the champs as they could test their times against track runners over 5 000m and 10 000m.
Athletes are eligible for national colours by achieving qualifying times.
Athletes expected to participate include Olympic hammer thrower Chris Harmse, who has indicated he will attempt to break two age-group world records.
Another popular athlete, Mavis Hutchinson, better known as the Galloping Granny, will be in the mix.
Hutchinson ran several Comrades Marathons but is probably better known for running across the United States in 69 days.
Other top names include longdistance runner Zola Budd and EP field athlete Charlie Koen.
“We are so excited to provide a warm welcome to these athletes,” Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism marketing manager Titus Chuene said.