Modern Athlete Irene Ultra and Half Marathon Sunday, 2 April 2017
The Modern Athlete Irene Ultra, which will take place on 2 April 2017, is regarded as ideally placed for Comrades Marathon hopefuls who still have to qualify, or hoping to get a better seeding.
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 Midstream Estates is “flat and fast” with no significant climbs allowing runners to achieve better times. The 48km along with a 21.1km will start at 06:00 on Sunday 2 April 2017 at the Irene Agricultural Research Campus.
The thumbs-up from the Comrades Marathon association that participants in the Ultra can also submit their sub 5-hour 42.2km split time as an official qualifying or seeding time, has helped make next month’s Ultra Marathon a highly anticipated event. This implies that whichever time best benefits the runner, as automatically captured and submitted on race day by ChampionChip, will be used as the Comrades Marathon qualifying time.
The race sponsor and organisers have selected The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa as its official charity, and athletes have the opportunity to donate an amount of their choice during online registration. Pre-entries for the Modern Athlete Irene Ultra and Half-marathon can be done until the 27th of March 2017. Race-day entries will start at 04:30 on Sunday 2 April, and can also be done at Irene Athletics Club on Saturday 1 April 2017.
There is also an 8km fun-run, which will take place entirely in the Irene Agricultural Research Council campus, making it well-sheltered for younger runners. The 8km which can also be entered for on the day, starts at 06:15 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
Best of Both Both your 42km and 48km ChampionChip timed results will be automatically submitted as a Comrades qualifier!