Longtom Marathon
28 March 2015
...where nature watches over you...
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ENTRIES

There will be no entries allowed on the day. All entries received after 9 March 2015 will be seen as a late entry and will not be guaranteed a goodybag.

DATE AND TIME OF RACE

Saturday, 28 March 2015, starting at 06h00 and finishing at 15h00.

START AND FINISH

Start: York Corporate Office, 3 Main Road (-25.104718, 30.778186)
Finish: York Sportsgrounds (-25.101096, 30.755610)
Please note that the start and finish are at different venues (approximately 3km)

ROUTE & DISTANCE

The race will start at the York Corporate Office following the R532/R37 (Longtom Pass) towards Lydenburg. The race distances are 21.1km, 42.2km and 55km.

This race will not have full road closure, and all lawful directions and instructions of the police traffic officers must be adhered to. Should any participant contravene or fail to comply with any such directions or instructions or any general or special condition, the administrator or his/her delegate may order that the said participant withdraw from the race whereafter he/she shall not participate any further.

All participants will participate at their own risk.

TURNING POINTS

There will be clearly marked turning points for all three distances. The 42.2km and 55km will turn at the same point which is at the Longtom Canon. There will be an additional turning point for the 55km runners which will be at the Lonecreek Waterfall.

CHECK POINTS

There will be check points at the turning points.

RIGHTS RESERVED

Any irregularities on your entry form will result in a rejected entry. Any runner contravening the rules of the race may be banned from the event.

AGE RESTRICTION

Recognised IAAF distance
Minimum age on the day of competition

21,1km
16 years

42,2km
20 years

55km
20 years

DESCRIPTION OF CATEGORY:

Category
Senior
Junior
Open

Actual Age
20 years and older on 31st December in the year of the competition up to 39 years old on the day of competition
19 years and younger on 31st December in the year of the competition
All athletes of the same gender irrespective of their age

RESTRICTION ON ENTRY

No wheelchairs, nor any mechanical aids will be permitted.
Runners are not allowed to run with an animal under any circumstances.

RUNNING KIT, SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING

Your 2015 race numbers must be worn on the front and back of your upper body garment throughout the race.
Athletes are reminded to wear their race number on the front and back of their upper body garment and NOT on their running shorts as this will result in disqualification.

SECONDING \ PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE

The no mobile seconding rule will be very strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The stand and hand rule, whereby a runner’s seconds may stand at any point on the route and hand refreshments to their athlete while they remain stationary, will apply. No seconds may travel on the route. No pacing will be permitted. Any transgressions will lead to disqualification. Any athlete being found carried along the route and/or before the finish line will be liable for disqualification.
In compliance with IAAF Rule 144.2(b) athletes are not allowed to be in possession or use cassette recorders, radios, CD, radio transmitted, mobile phone or similar devices.

NUMBER COLLECTION

You must collect your race number from the York Corporate Office, 3 Main Road, Sabie, on Friday night from 17h00 to 21h00.
All runners MUST provide proof of identity in order to collect their race number. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License.
It is the runners responsibility to confirm that the license number provided with entry is valid and correct.

REGISTRATION VENUE

York Corporate Office – 3 Main Road, Sabie

DATES AND TIMES

Friday, 27 March 2015 from 17h00 till 21h00
Saturday, 28 March 2015 from 04h45 till 05h30

If you are unable to collect your race number package, a third party can collect this on your behalf providing they have a printed copy of a letter of authorization from the entrant. The person collecting the race number package must have proof of identification.
Your registration package will not be posted to you and no refunds will be processed.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

There will be two parking areas set out during the event.
1. York Corporate Office / Sabie Country Club – 3 Main Road, Sabie (Starting Point) – Limited parking
2. York Sportsgrounds – Preferred parking area (Finishing Point)
The most preferable arrangement would be that runners are dropped off at the starting point by families/friends as parking is limited.
A shuttle service from the York Sportsgrounds to the starting point will be available from 04h45 onwards.
The York Sportsgrounds are 10 minutes away from the start.

TIME LIMITS & CUT OFFS

The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions.

Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time.

Athletes MUST retire once ordered to do so by an official medical delegate or medical staff.

Failing to comply with this rule will lead to disqualification.

The cut-off points will be clearly sign posted.

Please note that these times and positions are subject to change should the organisers deem it necessary. The final cut-off time is at 9 hours (15h00) and if you have not reached the Finish, you must leave the route and retire from the race immediately. Failure to do so, will result in disqualification.

COMRADES QUALIFYING TIMES

Timing will be administrated by ESKOM ATHLETIC CLUB MPUMALANGA. Results will be available online (www.raceresults.com) within 7 days after the event.

The Comrades qualifying times are as follows:

42.2km - 5 hours
55km - 7 hours

PRIZE GIVING

Prize giving will be held at:

21.1km - 10h00
42.2km - 11h00
55km - 12h00

FINAL RACE INSTRUCTIONS

Your Final Race Instructions will be communicated by the commentator before the race commence.

ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE IN SABIE

Suggested Accommodation:

Eagle Creek Resort 074 569 4609
Floreat Riverside Lodge 013 764 2160 www.floreat.co.za
Gunyatoo 082 783 3164/013 764 1814 www.gunyatoo.com
Hillwatering Country House 013 764 1421 www.hillwatering.co.za
Jock Sabie Lodge 013 764 2178 www.jock.co.za
Lonecreek River Lodge 013 764 2611 www.lonecreek.co.za
Merry Pebbles 013 764 1502 www.merrypebbles.co.za
Misty Mountain 013 764 3377 www.mistymountain.co.za
Ovendale House 013 794 2287/082 222 2204 www.sabie-ovendalehouse.com
Porcupine Ridge 082 818 0277 www.porcupineridge.co.za
Sabaan Holiday Resort 013 737 8114/071 545 0155 www.sabaan.co.za
Sabie River Camp 013 764 3282 www.sabierivercamp.co.za
Sabie Self Catering Apartments 074 991 7304 www.sabieselfcatering.co.za
Sabie Town House 013 764 2292 www.sabietownhouse.co.za
The Woodsman 013 764 2015 www.thewoodsman.co.za

There is also accommodation available at the Boarding School of Sybrand van Niekerk High School at R70 per person, per night and you need to provide your own blankets and pillows (013 764 1344).

RULES AND GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Registration on Friday 27 March 2015 from 17:00 to 22:00 – York Corporate Office, 3 Main Road, Sabie
  • Shuttle service from the York Sportsgrounds to York Corporate Office will be available from 11:30 onwards
  • The race is held under the rules of ASA and AMPU.
  • Proof of age must be presented on request at the race. This is essential for athletes competing for a category prize.
  • Ages:
    Athletes for 21.1km must be 16 years or older on the day of the race
    Athletes for 42.2km must be 20 years or older on the day of the race
    Athletes for 55km must be 20 years or older on the day of the race
  • No seconding will be allowed.
  • Registered athletes must wear full club colours—2015 license numbers on the front and back of the vest.
  • Temporary license numbers must be worn on the front of the vest.
  • Age category ID tags must be worn (back and front AND fixed onto the vest at all 4 corners) by athletes competing for a category prize.
  • Walkers must have a fixed W on the vest to qualify for any prizes.
  • It is the responsibility of each athlete to ensure that he or she is medically fit and healthy to participate in any of the events.
  • The race committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.
  • The referees decision is final.
  • Participants must keep to the designated route as indicated, and obey all Traffic Officials and Race Marshals.
  • The entry fee is non refundable.
  • 12% levy of entry fee must be paid over to Athletics Mpumalanga by the Race Organiser.
  • NO I-PODS ALLOWED DURING THE RACE
  • Cut-off time will be 7 hours from the starting time.
  • Medals to all participants—first 600 finishers will receive on the day. The rest to be posted.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Please be aware that you might encounter minor delays on the road from Sabie to Mashishing, Lydenburg (R532/R37) for the York Longtom Marathon on 28 March 2015 at 05:00 - 14:00. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this and will accommodate any emergencies that might occur. Thank you for your co-operation.

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