Take a chance on exercise and enjoy a healthy future is the message SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton sent to potential competitors at the launch of the 27th Women’s Challenge in Port Elizabeth today.
The PE event, which comprises 10km and 5km races, takes place on March 21 and Stapleton urged social runners to join in a day of female camaraderie.
“We invite you to join the fun,” Stapleton said at the official launch at the Radisson Blu Hotel. “Who knows, the fitness and fun bug might bite.
“Mindsets may change and old, lazy habits may seep away as exercise makes you feel good about yourself.”
He said the annual event would also be leveraged to promote the retailer’s STOP Plastic campaign.
“It is an effort to change attitudes about how people think about and use plastic. Being part of the Women’s Challenge will shout out loud that you are part of this wave of change.”
The start and finish venue will again be at Pollok Beach in Summerstrand.
There will not be a Kids’ Challenge this year, but children under nine can take part in the 5km race if accompanied by an adult. Otherwise the age restrictions for the 5km and 10km events are nine and 14 years respectively.
Men will be permitted to enter the 5km provided they dress in drag and run near the back.
Entry for the 10km costs R60 and R100 for licenced and unlicenced runners respectively (licenced competitors over 65 have free entry into the 10km). The fee for the 5km is R60.
The first 8 000 entrants will receive goodie bags and a T-shirt, redeemable at registration on March 19 and 20 as well as on race day from 5.30am. The 10km starts at 7am and the 5km at 8am.
The high school with the most participants will receive a laptop while the primary school and company with the most entries will receive R2 500 each (bulk entries close on March 15). The teacher who organises the most entries will pocket an incentive of R1 200.
Prospective participants can enter online at www.sparec.co.za until March 17.
Manual entries can be handed in until March 18 at: The Footballer and Brian Bands Sports (Cape Road), Action Sports (6th Avenue Walmer and Summerstrand), Sportsmans Warehouse (Moffett Retail Park) and UD Sports (Graaff-Reinet Road in Uitenhage).
For more information, contact the race office from 9am to 5pm on weekdays on 072 257 2161.