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#LegendsMarathon #Wellness Expo Information pack

Posted in donnette e davis, Legends Marathon, marathon running, running, south africa, sport with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo 2015

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo

East London sees the launch of the Legends Marathon Wellness Expo, to be held over three days, between 30 September and 02 October 2015, at the Osner Hotel, East London Beachfront, and sets the stage for the Legends Marathon 2015. The venture is in partnership with Kat Leisure, who is the marathon’s Expo and accommodation partner. The event will attract athletes, families and friends to the precinct whose capacity is just under 4000.

In the third installment of the Legends Marathon events, it is expected that some 10000 athletes, both professional and local, international and South African, will line up at the start of the events. Legends Marathon comprises a series of events; namely a 68 km ultra-marathon, a 21.1km half-marathon, and a 5 km fun run.

The events will take place on 03 October 2015, and entries are open at for online booking. The implementation of the Wellness Expo seeks to cement the ideal of health, healthy living and a sense of community; characteristics that Legends Marathon has made its own.

The Legends Marathon, now in its third year, provides the missing link in the repositioning of the Eastern Cape as the Home of Legends; a link that puts the province on the calendar of international athletic meetings, provides television coverage on free-to-air television, creates jobs, and injects the necessary economic and tourism boost to the province. The Legends Marathon celebrates the legendary spirit of the Eastern Cape, its icons of the struggle, individuals, physical and spiritual beacons which marked the route to freedom, identified by the people themselves.

The two big marathons in South Africa i.e. Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans respectively, attract a combined number of over 40 000 participants. The Two Oceans Half Marathon accounts for over 25 000 of this figure. International athletes come from 59 countries from around the globe; this shows just how popular South Africa is as a sports Tourism destination.

The Eastern Cape will benefit from this goodwill and the Legends Marathon is a sure game changer in this regard. The Legends Marathon is now an approved qualifying event for both races. This means some of the participants in the two events will use the Legends Marathon as a qualifying race. This helps boost the number of visitors to the Eastern Cape. The Wellness Expo is designed primarily to embrace these numbers. The inaugural event will attract about 4000 people in the 1st year.

The staging of the Legends Marathon in the Eastern Cape achieves the following :

• Positions the Eastern Cape as an event as one of the top event destinations in SA

• Job creation, and human resources are up-skilled.

• Direct and indirect spend is a catalyst for further economic development.

• Donor and sponsor funding is channeled internally.

• Creates a platform for subsequent legacy funding opportunities • Encourages return tourism visits to the province which, in turn, creates more jobs

• Improves domestics tourism and promotes associated local tourism products

Development Opportunities for PDI’s Services to be implemented and their relevance to the staging of the marathon, include food stalls, ablution, photographic, catering, printing, marquees, transport, security.

Food Stalls: A number of food vendors will be selected to sell food to the public. All these vendors will be assisted to comply with the BCMM Health and Fire regulations.

Ablution Facilities: The event requires use of these facilities and will be sourced from local PDI’s, Janitors will be on duty throughout the event to service these. All these will be sourced locally.

Photographic: A professional photographer will be appointed to capture the activities on the day, both still and motion photogra­phy

Catering Services: These services are provided from about a week before the event as experts, media crews arrived in the province to prepare logistics for the event. During the expo and the race a number of catering companies are hired for different groups of stake holders i.e. media, administrators, athletes, VIP’s etc.

Printing: Printing services for our marketing materials, signage, administrative support documents, Accreditation Cards etc. will be sourced, all using local small businesses.

Marquees: Marquees erected for the expo, SABC, Media, Athletes Tent and emergency Services are sourced locally. All marquees are issued with the required Engineer’s Safety Certificates.

Transport: Taxis and buses will be hired to transport athletes from the expo to local hotels and Jan Smuts Stadium. Security Guards: A local security company will be appointed to secure all the equipment and belongings of the exhibitors whilst ensuring the safety of the visitors to the expo. They will also assist with parking, security functions and will also act as marshals. etc. For exhibitors and visitors convenience an ATM is situated at Spar shopping complex diagonally across from

from the expo.

Ambulance services will be on site throughout the Expo.

An exhibitor lounge is available at the Hotel Osner throughout the show. Exhibitors will be able to catch up on emails, have a light snack or enjoying the beautiful view.

For more on how you can be a part of this iconic initiative, please contact The Marathon’s offices via telephone 043 735 1032 or email:

With the subject heading “Legends Marathon Wellness Expo”

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the expo. Ambulance services will be on site throughout the Expo. An exhibitor lounge is available at the Hotel Osner throughout the show. Exhibitors will be able to catch up on emails, have a light snack or enjoying the beautiful view. For more on how you can be a part of this iconic initiative, please contact The Marathon’s offices via telephone 043 735 1032 or email: With the subject heading “Legends Marathon Wellness Expo” Follow updates on Social Media: Http://

Take the Poll… Who is @StephenMuzhingi running for in 2013?

Posted in craig fry, sport, stephen muzhingi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

The truth is out! Who is @StephenMuzhingi running for in 2013?.

Haven’t seen Stephen this happy or relaxed in the few years that i have known him…  Happy, relaxed, determined, committed and loyal to his new sponsors…


Toyota athletics club

Oopsie sorry there are one or two typos in the poll that I can’t edit – apologies…

Release: Top SA Sports Brand @32Gi -New @Modern_Athlete ad w/ World Champ @CollenMakaza

Posted in marathon running, sport with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2012 by Donnette E Davis

Collen Makaza, 2010 IAU World 50KM champ, and Podium Finisher at 2012 Two Oceans Marathon is fueled by Leading Brand, 32Gi

I was chatting to Mark Wolff of 32Gi over the weekend, a great guy and loyal supporter of my hubby Craig’s athletes… here 32Gi have integrated the persona of our dear friend, Collen Makaza, into their new ad campaign.  An amazing tribute to a world-class athlete by one of South Africa’s leading brands…

Says Mark Wolff:

In this latest advert of Modern Athlete Magazine (South Africa) we decided to use Collen Makaza. We embarked on a different approach in our marketing recently in which we took a decision to focus on our athletes, they are very important to us at 32Gi we value them in so many ways due to the assistance in product development, constant feedback and exposure they give us.

They are human beings living a very different life. The life of a professional athlete is very tough. It is the kind of profession where you cannot be good or mediocre, you need to be the best in order to survive and earn a living. It’s a dream for many athletes to compete at the highest possible level, but very few actually get there. It’s even harder when you have a family to support. Collen is one such athlete who achieved top honours in Ultra Distance Running by winning the World Ultra Marathon Champs in 2010. Collen then went on to suffer an injury which set him back for around 20 months where his dream of returning to his previous level of competition became a hope and a very tough battle both mentally and physically.

This year Collen decided to enter Two Oceans marathon with in his mind probably a really decent finish, but I don’t think he was prepared for what was about to be probably the most amazing day he possibly could have hoped to have. He was in contention throughout, putting in a huge effort to take top honors and he managed a 3rd place podium finish.

Immediately realising what had happened my complete attention was focused on this young man who had basically gone through hell and back to achieve such an amazing result. We wanted to honour Collen in our runners advert, because we are not just behind 1st place finishers we stand behind anyone who tries to achieve their personal best by overcoming their own personal obstacles to win the battle. Collen is such a person, so humble in nature yet of great talent.


Mark Wolff is co-founder and director of 32Gi an energy supplements company. He is a nutrition expert, businessman and endurance athlete who is completely passionate about everything he does. He works closely with the professional athletes and teams ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential by leading proper health lifestyles. As Mark always say’s you can be the fittest, the fastest and the strongest but if you don’t eat correctly you can never reach your full potential. Mark spends much of his time trying to educate people on healthy nutrition, he completely believe there is no supplement for a healthy diet, no quick fixes only hard work and discipline.

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