Sipho Ngxongo, right, shown here with Philani Buthelezi at the 2014 CASA Super Hero Run, is need of a place to stay for the Austin Marathon. His training partner, Sphamandla Nyembe, not shown, also needs lodging.

Two elite runners from South Africa need a place to stay while they are in Austin to race the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.

Sipho Ngxongo, who has placed fifth and third in the race in past years, contacted me this week wondering if anyone would be willing to host him and his training mate, Sphamandla Nyembe. I met him briefly a few months ago at the CASA Super Hero Run in Cedar Park.

Both are blistering fast runners.

They’re in need of lodging for about two and a half weeks because they’re also planning to run the Woodlands Marathon in Houston on Feb. 28.

If you’re interested in hosting them, or know someone who might be, please contact Ngxongo at