Saturday, May 26, 2012

Top SA runner heads to Sierre-Zinal

Linda Doke training in the Alps

As part of SASA's 2012 launch campaign, thanks to the ISF and funding from the organisers of one of Europes longest standing European Skyrunning Series races, the Sierre-Zinal Skymarathon®, a top South African athlete will be heading to Switzerland in August to compete in the 2012 event.

Linda Doke (pictured left) is one of South Africa's most accomplished trail athletes, having performed exceptionally well at some of South Africa's premier trail running events over the past 8 months including the 2011 Salomon Skyrun and 2012 ADDO Elephant Trail Run (victory in the women's category for both races). Having also recently competed in her 16th Two Oceans Ultra-marathon, as well as having a solid training base behind her as she prepares for her 10th Comrades Marathon in June, SASA has selected Linda not only for her ability as a runner but also as a fitting ambassador to represent South African Skyrunning.

Im incredibly excited to have been selected to represent SASA at the Sierre-Zinal in August,says Doke. I'm sure that being a part of the Skyrunning World Series, the race will be very tough, as will all the seasoned alpine speedsters Ill be competing against, so its a real privilege to be a part of it."

She continues: "With the Skyrunning concept having taken Europe by storm, and through the formation of SASA, South Africa has a fantastic opportunity to showcase its most technically challenging trail and mountain races to the world.

Follow Linda as she prepares for the Sierre-Zinal by following her on Twitter of logging onto her blog

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