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Foskor's F21 Half Marathon is here to stay

18 July 2011

18 July 2011. Phalaborwa. Foskor hereby wishes to announce that the annual F21 or 21km charity fund raiser will be held in Namakgale, Phalaborwa at the Foskor Community Centre (FCC), previously known as the Phosphate club, on Saturday, 23 July 2011.

The F21 Half Marathon has become a well-liked and well known race that attracts both professional and future athletes in Limpopo, other provinces as well as those from neighbouring countries such as Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique. Foskor will host this event for the 21st time this year.

Participants may either walk or run for 5km, 10km, 21km or take part in the relays. The schedule for the day is as follows:

07:00 Foskor Staff Fun Run Relay

08:00 - 14:00 Registration of Late Entries - F21.1 km

10:00 Relay Run Prize Giving

10:30 F10 Development Race (Walkers)

11:00 F10 Development Race

11:15 Brass Orchestra

12:30 Cut off Time of the Development Race

12:45 Development Race Prize Giving

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

13:15 Brass Orchestra

13:30 Start of the F21 Half Marathon (Walkers)

14:30 Start of the F21 Half Marathon Main Race

17:00 cut off for the F21 Half Marathon

17:15 Awards Ceremony

For some participants, this will be an opportunity to win major prizes which include a total prize purse of R207 100:

- 1st Prize - R21, 100 and an additional record breaking prize of R21, 100.00 will be awarded to any runner who breaks the record.

- 2nd Prize - R12,000

- 3rd Prize - R10,000

- 4th Prize - R7,400

- 5th Prize - R5,000

The activities of the day include a hype that will be created by joyful and smiling supporters of the runners. All can benefit from this excitement, including the local hawkers, businesses and local bed and breakfast establishments. The day is planned to cater for the needs of all age groups in the community.

The F21 Half Marathon never disappoints and this year will be no different. The total prize of is R207,100.00 is a great incentive to tempt and cheer athletes on to put up a first-class performance and seek to break the record which is standing at 1:01:55 by Ezael Thlobo in 1997 and Elana Meyer 01:12:19 in 1999. The winners in 2010, Stephen Mokoka and Mamarola Tjoka finished with a time of 1:03:25 and 1:15:05 respectively and walked away with R21, 100 each, but even their first-rate performances were not adequate to break the two longstanding records.

The F21 Half Marathon is an initiative from Foskor to uplift the communities in which we operate and also assist governmental bodies to further uplift South Africa's sports.

Foskor's CEO/President, Mr Alfred Pitse, said:

"The F21 Half Marathon is backed by Limpopo Athletics - an organization entrusted with the responsibility to foster athletic development in the province. Both Athletic South Africa and Limpopo Athletics are major stakeholders in the race, and were thoroughly consulted during the planning phase and are constantly kept on the loop in relation to developments on this initiative".

 



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