The invitation list for the SPAR Kids’ Challenge in Port Elizabeth has been altered slightly to ensure the whole family can be part of the fun on Wednesday, May 1.
The 2.5km race, which starts at 9am at Pollok Beach in Summerstrand, will for the first time allow boys to take part, with children 12 years and younger eligible to enter.
SPAR sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said they wanted to encourage full family participation.
“Last year we felt for the little brothers who had to stand and watch on the sidelines or stay at home,” he said. “So they, and their fathers for support, can join in the fun this time.
“What started as the Little Ladies’ Challenge has now become the Kids’ Challenge.
SPAR Eastern Cape will also be using the Women’s Challenge to promote its STOP Plastic campaign, which it put into place last year to raise awareness about the dangers plastic poses to the environment.
“A new little friend, Zisa, our STOP Plastic ambassador, is coming down to the event and we have asked her to bring some friends along to chat to the kids,” said Stapleton.
“We want to keep raising awareness of what we are trying to do and if we can educate our children from a young age about this issue we believe it will go a long way to eradicating the problem.”
There are three bikes up for grabs at the prize-giving, as well as SPAR hampers and a pair of Puma running shoes. The entry fee is R30 and there are T-shirts for the first 800 entries.
Online entries can be done on the SPAR Eastern Cape website until April 27, while manual entries can be done on the day of the event from 7.30am at Pollok Beach.