Gift of the Givers 20th Township Marathon

It's that part of the year when we encourage the nation to participate in an event encompassing health, fitness, social cohesion, poverty alleviation and community development.  Entries are now open for the Gift of the Givers Township Marathon.  The event is 20 years in existence having been initiated by the Pegasus Athletic Club and supported through the years by Brotherhood and Jaguars Athletic Club. Gift of the Givers partnered these groups three years ago.  This excellent event is a Comrades and Two Oceans Marathon qualifier, is approved by the Comrades Marathon Association and Athletics South Africa, and adheres to the professional standards prescribed by these two sporting bodies.  The Gift of the Givers Township Marathon is the only single lapper in South Africa and is a truly township marathon that commences at Eldorado Park Stadium, winds through Kliptown, Klipspruit West, Lenasia, Bushkoppies, Nancefield and back to Eldorado Park Stadium.  Participation options include the marathon, half-marathon,10km run,10km walk and 4km fun run. There's cash prizes, medals, goodie bags, 17 exciting water stations, multi-cultural events, medical tents and physiotherapy.  Invitation is open to South African and foreign nationals in a spirit of promoting social cohesion and harmony.  Corporate teams in their branded clothing are encouraged to participate to add colour to this charitable event. Register now for what promises to be an exciting event on 22 February 2015.
 
Funds will be used to upgrade Eldorado Park Stadium in an endeavour to encourage greater involvement in sporting and educational events as an alternative to, and in the fight against the huge drug problem in the area.  The stadium will be utilized by children both from Eldorado Park and Soweto. We want to upgrade the security, the soccer, rugby and hockey fields, the netball, basketball and tennis courts, as well as the cricket pitch and other amenities.  A library will be considered for the area. The process of renewal of the stadium has commenced in December with the total support and co-operation of the Johannesburg City Council; lights, water, clubhouse and the fence are already under repair with the Gift of the Givers team actively engaged on site.  A special thanks to our major sponsor, Skye Brands (manufacturers of Converse, Mille, Lyle and Scott and Dickies brands) and Unilever. SABC TV, Radio 2000 and Star newspaper have endorsed the event as major media partners but a special thanks to all media outlets promoting this professional and charity event which will also assist in Hunger Alleviation.