Previously known as the Pick ‘n Pay Marathon, the Jeppe Marathon is the Athletics section’s premier fundraising event. It is run on or about the 3rd Sunday in February each year from Saheti School in Senderwood. The race consists of a marathon, a 21 km race and a 8/4 km fun run. The marathon consists of two laps that encompass Edenvale and Bedfordview, whilst the 8/4 km race meanders around Senderwood.
The race is managed by a sub-committee from the Athletics section. The Jeppe Athletics committee is in charge of various functions on the day including water points, marshalling, entries, finish lines and route marking. There are jobs done in advance including the selling of entries at various races and the handing out of race flyers. There is a committee member in charge of each of these areas and they typically would be looking for assistance from Jeppe athletics club members from November each year.
The weekend of the race begins on Friday where the major infrastructure is put in place. Saturday is spent demarcating parking areas, putting finishing touches to the field and taking entries. Sunday is race day – generally all members start working from 4am. No members are allowed to run the race and all are encouraged to bring families to help out on race day. The race ends with a post-race party, normally held at Jeppe, where members and family can relax after a busy Sunday morning.
Getting involved is as easy as speaking to the Race Director Bruce King or any other committee member who will put you in touch with the race committee.
Click here to find out more: www.jeppemarathon.co.za