JointEze Irene Ultra powered by Modern Athlete
Sunday, 8 April 2018
Now in its 3rd year, #THEQualifier invites all runners to participate in this unique event on 8 April 2018.
As the ONLY ultra on the AGN Calendar, the event continues to offer all Comrades hopefuls the best opportunity to QUALIFY for Comrades 2018. With the 48km Ultra distance and “mat to mat” timing, runners gain a “2km advantage”. The event still includes a 21km half-marathon and a 5km fun run.
ENTRY FEE: The entry fee for the 48km Ultra of R320 includes a high quality T-shirt (similar to that of 2017).
In 2017, both the entry fee and T-shirt were R180 which brought the total cost to R360. We were inundated by requests for T-shirts and could not keep up with the demand. For 2018, we decided to include the T-shirt in the entry fee and brought down the total cost to R320, a decrease of R40(11%). This is in line with entry fees of other prominent Ultra events hosted in provinces nearby.
IMPORTANT TO MENTION: IRENE Athletics Club does not have an official event sponsor and thus the Club carries the cost of the entire event. Modern Athlete is our MEDIA PARTNER for the event. Entry fee for the 21km half-marathon is R100 and entrants will still have the opportunity to buy the T-shirt at R190.
ONLINE ENTRIES: This year entries for the 48km Ultra are capped at 4000 and for the 21km half-marathon at 2000. The 21 km and 48 km are both ONLINE ENTRIES ONLY events and the closing date for online entries is on 22 March 2018. As such no traditional manual entries are available. If you do not have access to the internet and online banking, you can still enter via your running Club. Please ask your Club Chairperson about this opportunity. The 5km fun run entries will be available on the day of the event.
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The Ultra Format
The Ultra format gives maximum benefit to the runners. The Ultra Marathon, over 48 kilometres, must be completed under 6 hours by those hoping to qualify. This race is perfectly timed, and allows qualifiers to comfortably accumulate essential mileage before the traditional taper period.
The route through Irene’s suburbs and down to Fountains Valley and back has no significant climbs allowing runners to achieve better times. The 48km along with a 21.1km will start at 05:30 on Sunday 8 April 2018 at the Irene Agricultural Research Campus.
The 5km fun-run takes place entirely in the Irene Agricultural Research Council campus, making it well-sheltered for younger runners. The 5 km, which can also be entered for on the day, starts at 06:00 and doesn’t require a ChampionChip or temporary licence. There is a big picnic area, enclosed kiddies entertainment area with supervision, exhibitions and food stalls will keep the non-runners busy.
A ChampionChip timed event
Ideal seeding opportunity.