MAYBE you have a “kwai” wife or mother; maybe you are a “kwai” road-runner or maybe you are lus for a “kwai” braai competition and some good Kwaito tunes. In any event, the SA Pork Kwai Challenge, on Sunday is for you. The event, hosted by Randburg Harriers and Sportsvendo, is a 21.1km, 10km or 5km run, followed by a celebrity braai competition and family fun day. Just right for Mother’s Day.
The road race starts and ends at the Randburg Sports Complex, corner of Republic Road and Silver Pine Avenue in Randburg. Starting time is from 07h10. Pre-entries are open till 4 May and late entries will be taken at the venue on 11 and 12 May and on race day from 05h00. After the finish of the half marathon, 10km and 5km runs, a 2.5km fun run/walk will start at 10h00.
However, it is the fun after the race that is going to make this a highlight on the 2012 South African road running calendar. Road-running greats Bruce Fordyce, Nick Bester and Irvette van Blerk (recently qualified for the Olympics in London) will be three of the judges of a pork braai competition after they have finished the course.
They will be joined in this by society favourite Annie Malan, Egoli star David Vlok and Kwaito star, Kabelo Mabalane, himself a road runner and Comrades finisher.
There will be jumping castles for the kids and much younger runners – those under the age of 4 years – can take part in a 50m “nappy dash”. And between judging sessions, Kabelo Mabalane will provide live entertainment with some great South African Kwaito.
According to sponsors, SA Pork, along with co-sponsor Eskort, the inter-club braai competition is aimed at educating athletes on the healthy alternative that pork presents. Pork is not always recognised as a healthy, low fat protein. “All lean, trimmed pork cuts with no more than 3 mm visible fat, are approved by the Heart Foundation.” says SA Pork.
“Nowadays pork is low in fat and low in kilojoules as it contains a low percentage of intramuscular fat, making it an ideal choice for slimmers and for healthy eaters. Once visible fat has been trimmed, pork contains only 1,5% intramuscular fat.”
The other sponsor of the day is Nedbank. The well-known sponsor of road running will bring the iconic Nedbank Green Mile to the race. Activities will include a DJ and race commentator, family entertainment including Kabelo Mabalane who is also a member of the Nedbank Running Club, and a much needed water point for the runners. Nedbank is also sponsoring the television coverage of the race.
Event organisers, running club Randburg Harriers and sport events management company Sportsvendo are hoping to make the larger event, made possible by the sponsorships of SA Pork, Eskort and Nedbank, an annual feature. Club Captain of Randburg Harriers, Colin Scholtz says the club is thrilled to be hosting such a big event in this, its 30th year. “Harriers have been hosting this road race for the past 30 years, but this is the first time we have included three different race distances, and had such a high profile after race event. It really ties in with our club motto – run days are fun days!” he said.