Preparations for the annual Om die Dam ultramarathon are well underway and Hartbeespoort is getting ready for the influx of over 4 000 athletes who will compete for the coveted title on 11 June.
The 50km ultramarathon will kick off and finish at Hartbeespoort High School again this year. The race starts at 06:30.
The Hartbeespoort Dam wall will be closed for traffic from 06:00 to about 07:30. No other roads will be closed this year, but residents are requested to be careful and accommodate runners on the various roads and streets. A stop-and-go point on the Pelindaba road will control traffic as runners pass on their way to Saartjiesnek.
It is expected that Meerhof, Ifafi, Melodie and Schoemansville will be busy from 10:00 when runners reach the route through the suburbs. The event should be finished around 13:00.
“We ask residents to please accommodate the runners on the roads and if possible, avoid the congested areas during the times when the runners will be on the road,” says Om die Dam organiser, Werner Nagel.
Additional parking has been created on land across the road from the high school, and visitors will also be able to park at the various churches in Marais Street. Afriforum members will assist with traffic control at certain points and will use a drone to monitor traffic and runners on the route.
The police mounted unit will be doing patrols in the high school area to prevent possible criminal acts.