2015 sees the launch of the Legends Marathon Wellness Expo, to be held over three days, between 28 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 www.legendsmarathon.co.za 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
Below are details for required services and their relevance to the staging of the marathon:
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.
Photographer: A professional photographer will be appointed to capture the activities on the day, both still and motion photogra¬phy
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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