Meeting a true giant! (about: 1999)|
Mark Dabbs from Running Ambassador, Walsall, England (12/29/04)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Cape Town Marathon
I ran the race in 1999 as I searched for an African marathon for my six continents project. Going there I had taken gifts from our town of Walsall and presented them to the mayor the day after the race. Indeed, so helpful was she that I got invited to their 'Many Nation, One Culture' event addressed by President Mandela. At the end of the talk he moved to go out through the crowds and the mayor, recognizing me, pulled me over to shake hands with the man himself. What a start to my marathon ambassadoring!
The race itself was hot and early. Indeed, after the initial first two miles the sweat was pouring out. The constant presence of Table Mountain acts like a homing beacon to draw you on. Water stations had been thoughtfully distanced and actually were plentiful. Crowd support was lacking but, hey, that time of the morning everyone should be tucked up in bed, not running around the city!
Don't miss an excursion out to Gaansbrai and the chance to chase after great white sharks, as well as throwing up your breakfast!