World Athletics has upgraded the Nedbank Breaking Barriers 50km race in Nelson Mandela Bay to Elite Label status.
WA has three levels when it comes to labels and Elite is the second, just behind Platinum. With the event now sitting on the second tier, it is elevated in terms of elite athletes, prize money and at a management level, both from an organizing and technical perspective.
This, following the news that the Nedbank Breaking Barriers 50km had secured a three-year sponsorship from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
This year’s event – an elite only invitational race – will take place on 6 March.
“Last year’s event was a huge success where not only world records were set in the men’s and women’s race, but numerous continental records and age group bests,” said Nick Bester, National Team Manager of the Nedbank Running Club and Race Director of the event.
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The event will be limited to a field of 200 entries and Bester has encouraged athletes to submit their entries to be accepted into the event, which will also be broadcast live on both the SABC and SuperSport.
“Our entries are filling up, but we want to encourage the age groupers who qualify to take this opportunity on our fast course and be part of an event that continues to set records,” said Bester.