Gauteng City to City Marathon cancelled due to lack of sponsorship

The Gauteng City to City marathon scheduled for September this year has been cancelled.

Organisers say they have struggled to secure funding for the event.

Some runners who have previously participated in the annual race from Johannesburg to Pretoria believe there is little interest in runners.

General manager at the Central Gauteng Athletics, Mandla Radebe says the response has been poor. He has urged corporates to help save the event.

We are really urging corporate to come and support this event. The last edition we ran without the sponsor and it was really bad. That is one of the challenges, but we are urging corporate to come in and lets save this race.

Mandla Radebe, GM at Central Gauteng Athletics

Xolani Gwala also spoke to Gareth Mason of the Rand Road Warriors club to find out why they face this predicament.

I think a lot of the running clubs are wondering that all the local clubs have to run their marathons without sponsorship.But a lot of these big marathons don't seem to be able to do it with 20 000 plus people on it..

Gareth Mason, Rand Road Warriors club

I think a lot of these bigger marathons are actually run as profitable type events and are not out there for the actual everyday runner and I think that is where the pain is coming for all the local runners is that they are not giving back to runners.

Gareth Mason, Rand Road Warriors club

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