In October 1976, a marathon was held in Verwoerdburg over 26Km, known as the Verwoerdburg Marathon. It was organised by Willem Louw.
This gave rise to the thought of a local marathon club. Willem Louw and the de Beer brothers, Thys and Chris, held an inaugural meeting. Later, "Tiny" Liebenberg and Kobus Louw joined. After affiliating with another group, they became the Verwoerdburg Athletic Club. 
This later changed to the Verwoerdburg Marathon Club (and again to the present Alpha Centurion Runners, when Verwoerdburg's name changed to Centurion.)

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