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A road race with a difference, the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race pitches man against machine as teams of relay runners attempt to beat the train from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage. Since 2014, corporates and clubs have entered their teams consisting of 5 runners and 1 cyclist to try and pip the time the train takes to travel the 38km distance between the two stations.
The idea of a race against a train was started by a few crazy university students back in 1966 who took on the Apple Express that ran between Port Elizabeth and the Longkloof Mountains, a gruelling 72km journey. The race later became a popular team event that grew into one of South Africa’s premier races on the running calendar and continued until 2004 when the Apple Express service ground to a halt. The race was revived a decade later, only this time it pits runners against an everyday electrical passenger train... Show more