Earlier in the week, the Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality Cllr. Jostina Mothibe, joined by Members of the mayoral Committee, Acting Municipal Manager and Departmental Directors met with the organisers of the race led by the race Organiser Johann Von Mollendorf. The Om die Dam race is the largest inland ultra-marathon in South Africa, offering a 50km ultra marathon, a 21km half-marathon, a 10km route and a 5km fun run. Due to the races scenic route via the Hartbeespoort Dam and family appeal, it attracts over 10 000 participants every year and is consistently voted as one of the top national races with the ultra being the flagship event. Races timed by ChampionChip include the 50km, 21km and the10km,, all runners will therefore be required to run with a ChampionChip in order to participate in the event and receive an official race time. To ensure that your Race Results are accurately recorded it is important that your ChampionChip is correctly registered in your name with the correct details. The municipality is committed to addressing all issues related to general maintenance of the infrastructure in the area as well as services to ensure that the race becomes a success.
The meeting also agreed that there should be regular engagements between the municipality and the organisers of the race with the aim of growing the race, maintaining and increasing economic spin-offs that come with hosting the race and as well look at numerous avenues that market Hartbeespoort and neighbouring areas like Brits as tourism destination of choice locally and internationally. Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mothibe who is also expected to open the race on Saturday, said that: “The municipality is committed to supporting this event and ensure that it becomes a success. We had a very fruitful meeting with the organisers of the wherein we made commitment to deliver on the requests put forward for this week to ensure the race becomes a success. We also agreed to maintain this partnership moving forward and play a key role as the municipality to ensure the maintains it status as one of the best organised races in the country. We all know what great impact the event is making in terms of tourism and general revenue in the area,” concluded the Executive Mayor.