NEARLY 20 000 women are expected to line up for the start of the Cape Town leg of the SPAR Women’s Race series on Sunday, April 6. Participants will be running or walking either the 10km or 5km distances in the surrounds of Greenpoint.
Both the 10km and 5km start in Fritz Sonnenburg next to the Greenpoint Track, and end in the Forecourt next to the Cape Town Stadium. The 10km starts at 7.30am and the 5km at 8am.
Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels are welcomed and encouraged to take part in the Cape’s biggest race for women.
The Nedbank Running Club sees the SPAR Women`s race series as an important testing ground for its elite Green Dream Team as well as a building platform for development runners.
The Nedbank Green Dream Team will be spearheaded by SA Marathon Champion, Cornelia Joubert, who just returned from the World 21km. Championships in Coppenhagen.
She will be accompanied by seasonal SPAR podium finisher, Rutenda Nyahora, Cape resident Bulelwa Simae, Myrette Filmalter, Tadesse Shankutie and Hunduma Gemeda.
We are expecting great performances from Tadesse and Hunduma and it won’t be a surprise if they manage to dip under the current SPAR record for the Cape Town race.
The Nedbank Running Club will further be represented by several of their social club members.
SPAR series race winner, Irvette Van Zyl, is unfortunately still recovering from a knee injury and will sit out on this race.
In-store entries have closed, but runners can still enter online on www.spar.co.za at a cost of R75. The first 21 000 entrants to collect their race numbers at the the Cape Town stadium, the registration venue, will each receive a free t-shirt and goody bag.
Registration is on this coming Friday (April 4 at 8am to 7pm) and the following day (Saturday, April 5 at 8am to 5pm) prior to race day. Late entries at R85 will be taken at the registration venue on Friday.
Besides more than R58 000 worth of position prizes, there will be plenty of lucky draw prizes and entertainment for those that stay for the prize-giving after the race. The main lucky draw prize is SPAR vouchers to the value of R18 000. The first 21 000 finishers will earn a SPAR Women’s Challenge medal.
Participants will once again hold children’s smiles close to heart. Race sponsor, SPAR Western Cape, has announced that Operation Smile South Africa will be the beneficiary of the Cape Town race. SPAR will donate R4 from each entry to Operation Smile.