East London residents will face several changes when the third edition of the SPAR Family Challenge takes place on October 8.
Event organiser Candy Boonzaaier said one major difference would be earlier start times to avoid the strong winds of the past two years, while the entrants would also see some changes to the route.
Boonzaaier said the change had been done due to traffic congestion caused by a taxi rank on the original route, which passed in front of SUPERSPAR Spargs in Beacon Bay.
The new route, she said, would take divert runners behind the store and participants in both the 5km and 9.8km races would go along Avalon Road, Imp Lane, Junction Road and Hillcrest Drive to the finish.
With their emphasis on family participation and healthy lifestyles, SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising controller Roseann Shadrach said the Family Challenge was a perfect fit for the retailer.
She said it had been enthusiastically supported by the East London community.
“Despite the weather we have had in past years, they have come out in their numbers. There is an incredibly high spirit among the entrants and it’s great to see families turning up in their numbers.”
Shadrach said they would be treated to some spectacular entertainment, including comedian Gino Fabbri and emcee Graham Gordon.
Apart from the festivities, she said there would also be lucky draw incentives to inspire entrants.
One of these is a spa treatment and lunch for two at the Miarestate Boutique Hotel and Spa.
Runners and walkers can enter on www.sparfamilychallenge.co.za or at cycle shops in the city until October 5.
Registration is from 10am to 7pm at the Beaconhurst sports field on the day before the event. Runners can also register from 8am to 9.30am on race day.
The 9.8km gets under way at 10am and the 5km at 10.15.