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NMBM ready to host third edition of World Athletics elite Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50km Ultramarathon

Published: November 29, 2022

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is thrilled to host the third edition of the Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50km ultramarathon in Gqeberha on 26 February 2023 where hundreds of national and international top athletes are expected compete to set new records and win R1million.

Following two successful editions, the exclusive race will once again attract top-tier elite runners and renowned industry names bringing the spotlight to Gqeberha as current Comrades marathon champion and Nedbank Running Club elite athlete, Tete Dijana, who finished 2nd in this year’s Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50km Ultra Marathon, has confirmed his participation as well as the 2021 Comrades marathon Champion, Edward Mothibe, who finished 3rd in this year’s Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50km Ultra Marathon.

NMBM SRAC Mayoral Committee Member, Cllr Bassie Kamana said the City was proud to be a sponsor of the race that has been awarded gold status from International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) as well as Elite label from World Athletics for 2023.

Kamana said: "As a City we are happy to be hosting this race again. The race fits well into our own agenda of making the City the destination of choice. We always look forward to the economic benefits as more accommodation space will be booked and jobs created. To the visitors from across the world we want to say; you are all welcome here in Gqeberha, the City of Action. You will see action and friendliness combined.”

Gqeberha born Melikaya Frans, will lead the pack of male contenders to pace their first 30km at the predicted World Record pace for 50km.
"We're so excited to see some of greatest runners compete in this prestigious event and the prospect of a new world record makes it an unmissable event. We're proud to be able to bring this event to South Africa as we remain a committed supporter and sponsor of road running in South Africa,” says Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.
To follow the conversation, running fanatics can follow the official #NedbankRunified on Nedbank’s social media platforms for more information on Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers, which will be broadcast live on SuperSport and SABC.

 The ultramarathon will be limited to a field of 300 entries only. Elite runners and competitive age group athletes who wish to compete in the Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50km ultramarathon, need to submit their CV to and before 16 January 2023.
Qualifying athletes will receive an invite and voucher to enter online at website.
The Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers 50km race is an official Comrades qualifying

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