Soweto residents, young and old came out in large numbers to cheer up eye-caching Old Mutual Soweto race runners at the weekend. The race started and finished at the FNB Stadium, Nasrec in Johannesburg.
The 24th edition of the annual race was run in three race categories namely – 10km, 21.1km and the 42.2km marathon.
The runners past eight significant heritage sites on the marathon route namely the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Walter Sisulu Square, The Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, Morris Isaacson High School & June 16 Memorial Acre , Vilakazi Street and The Hector Pieterson Memorial precinct.
The chosen routes honours Soweto’s rich history.
Koma road, one of Soweto’s long and busy road in the sprawling township was also a hive of activity which saw hundreds residents as early as 7am lining the artery, cheering up the runners soaked in sweat and water being provided to them during the race.
“Thank you the people of Soweto for your support, we will get to the finishing point,” they responded while running towards Jabulani Mall, en route to Credo Mutwa Cultural village and Morris Isaacson High School in Central Western Jabavu.