2012 Comrades Marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo will now run in the colours of the University of Limpopo (UL). This is after Mamabolo recently joined the UL Athletics Club as both a runner and trainer. The 46-year-old, who hailed from Ga-Mamabolo, outside Polokwane, brings a vast knowledge of road running and invaluable track and field experience.

VETERAN LUDWICK MAMABOLO UL ATHLETICS CLUB  

He has over 20 years of running experience and is expected to continue to compete in some of the country’s premier marathons and ultra-marathons. Including the Ultimate Human Race and Comrades, which he won in 2012.

Mamabolo also finished in the top 20 in the 2022 edition of the ultramarathon. This as he prepares himself for another shot at the title in June 2023. He will also train and mentor young athletes from the University and the community who look up to him as a champion to follow in his footsteps.

UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO DELIGHTED TO HAVE COMRADE WINNER ON BOARD

“Joining the University of Limpopo Athletics is like a dream coming true,” he said. “Finally I’m back home and looking forward to sharing the experience and knowledge that I have accumulated over a period of 20 years.

“It will be an interesting and exciting chapter to work with young and upcoming athletes. Especially grooming them and giving them advice so that they can reach the highest in their running careers,” he said.

Ludwick Mamabolo joins University of Limpopo Athletics Club
Ludwick Mamabolo joins University of Limpopo Athletics Club

Mamabolo has already competed in the colours of the University, since joining the club. His first race was the Wolfpack Marathon in Tzaneen. He finished third, making the podium alongside another teammate, Ananias Masila, who finished second.

“It is an honour to have a local of Ga-Mamabolo,” said Victor Kgomoeswana, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication at UL.

“A native of Limpopo Province, and a marathon great. Especially an ultramarathoner who won the Comrades Marathon, embrace this University and train our students and community members to follow in his footsteps.”

Meanwhile, Sonica Fritz, Acting Director of Sport and Recreation, said that the Department was delighted to have Limpopo-born Mamabolo join UL.

“He will be involved in getting our students and community members active and starting to enjoy marathon running. We are looking forward to the influence that Mamabolo will have at UL regarding athletics.”

The Polokwane Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr John Mpe on Wednesday officially launched some major sporting activities hosted by the City for 2023.

Mpe revealed the details, including dates, during the 3-In-1 media launch at Peter Mokaba Stadium executive lounge.

The Municipality will be hosting the Mayoral Charity Golf Day on Friday, 24 February, Makoro Village Marathon on Saturday, 18
March and Polokwane City Marathon on Saturday, 22 April 2023.

Both the Polokwane and Makoro marathons will have four races: 42KMs, 21KMs, 10KMs and 5KMs. For the first time the Makoro village marathon will be a comrades qualifier.

POLOKWANE CITY MARATHON REBRANDED

The Polokwane City Marathon was formerly known as the Polokwane Mayoral Marathon

MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana
MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana

The event was attended by amongst others the Executive Mayor of Capricorn District, Cllr Mamedupi Kirsty Teffo, MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana and MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

Mayor Mpe has encouraged the citizens of Polokwane and the province as whole and other parts of the country to take the Initiative and challenge of pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

“You don’t have to be a professional runner to run. You can come and walk for 5km, you can come run and walk for 10km, 21km,” Said Mpe.

Runners and Golfers attending the Mayoral Charity Golf Day, Makoro Village and Polokwane City Marathons launch
Runners and Golfers attending the Mayoral Charity Golf Day, Makoro Village and Polokwane City Marathons launch

“Come and run your 42km if you are ready. It’s not a difficult thing to run, but don’t stress yourself and think you can run like the top runners Ludwick Mamabolo or Rufus Photo. Those are top runners who run for money, you run for health.

MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

“The biggest medicine for our health is our ability to be active. Active body will give you an active mind and will improve the quality of life. It’s for yourself, you are not running for Polokwane. You are running for yourself, so I think people must take this challenge very seriously.”

MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.
MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

“For the Polokwane City Marathon we are anticipating 5 to 10 000 runners.”

The online Registrations for the marathons are officially opened.

MAYORAL GOLF DAY

Meanwhile, the Mayoral Charity Golf Tournament has enabled over 300 students to progress to higher institutions of learning.

The annual event sees local golfers, business people and politicians come together at the Polokwane Golf club to support the noble initiative.