Nelson Mandela Foundation

KWAZULU-NATAL: It is with deep sadness that the Mandela Day Marathon organisers confirm that an athlete has passed away after participating in this year’s edition of the Mandela Day Marathon.

The athlete, who participated in the 21km run, passed away a few metres before the finish line on Saturday, 25 August. The athlete (whose details cannot be divulged at this time until the next of kin are informed) collapsed and was immediately treated by a doctor and paramedics and then taken to a hospital where he was later declared to have passed away.

It is for the first time that the Mandela Day Marathon experiences such a tragic loss of life in its seven-year history. The organisers are in touch with the family of the deceased and have expressed their heartfelt condolences to the family. The loss of one athlete is mourned by everyone across the running community.

More information will be released soon.

For more information, please contact: KZN CoGTA spokespersons, Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403