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It's all the system in the Besmed Tuks Race

ALL roads lead to the University of Pretoria’s Sports Grounds where the annual Bestmed Tuks Race will take place this coming Saturday.

Amongst the names to compete this year are defending champions in the 21.1 and 10km distances, Sibusiso Nzima and Steven Makoka who will be geared to defend their titles.

Nzima ran 1:05.56, which was just 49 seconds off the record mark in last year’s race. Returning for the challenge will also be 2011 runner-up, Lucky Mohale who finished behind Nzima in 1:07.37.

It will be an exciting 10km race as Makoka will once again be running alongside Frik Guys, who finished a close second in the 2011 Bestmed Tuks Race.  Makoka won the 2011 event in a new record time of 29.32.

In the ladies race, Irvette van Blerk and Mpho Mabuza will be strong contenders for the top spots in the absence of the defending champions, Mamorola Tjoka (Lesotho) and Rutendo Nyahora (Zimbabwe), having finished second and third in the 21.1 and 10km races last year, respectively. 

The 2012 Bestmed Tuks Race starts and finishes at the Sports Grounds of the University of Pretoria, also taking in the suburb of Hatfield, with 15 000 athletes across all age groups and genders expected to take part in the 06h00 start.

Over R 66.000 was made available by Bestmed for prize money on the day.  Both male and female winners in the full 21.1-kilometre race will receive R5 000 while runners up and third place athletes will get R 3000 and R 1500 respectively.  Other incentives include doubling the prize money for breaking the men and women records in the 21.1 and 10km categories and spot prizes galore, including a trip for two to Mauritius, (all expenses paid).  

The elite athletes will compete over distances of 21.1-km and 10-km, a 10km wheelchair race and a 5-km and 1 kilometer fun run/walk, which opens the day up to many more social participants in all age-groups.

“We are delighted to once again sponsor the Bestmed Tuks Race, which has grown into one of the foremost races in the country. We view sport as an incredibly important part of our clients’ wellbeing and their continued good health, so we strive to promote sporting excellence where we can.” says Mr Dries la Grange, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer of Bestmed.

“The Bestmed Tuks Race is just one of a number of sponsorships undertaken by Bestmed in the recent past, including the Bestmed Campus to Campus Cycling with the North West University, the Bestmed Jacaranda Cycle Classic in Pelindaba and the Bestmed Macro Tour in Port Elizabeth, among many others.” concluded Mr La Grange.

“After last year’s great success, the Bestmed Tuks Race has become one of the most prestigious races on the South African marathon calendar” says Prof. Gloudien Spies, Chairperson of Tuks Athletics.

“Over 22 of our top athletes will be participating in the event, which for the first time has incorporated a 10km wheelchair race. These athletes include the likes of Comrades Gold Medalist Riana van Niekerk as well as defending champions Sibusiso Nzima and Steven Makoka, among many others.” concluded Prof Spies.

Online entries can be made at www.entrytime.com or www.sa-active.com until 15 February.

List of registration shops:

• Run-a-way Sports, Glenfair Centre, Lynnwood Manor, Tel: (012) 361 3733 until 15 February 2012
• Running Inn, c/o Lynnwood & Duncan streets, Brooklyn, Tel: (012) 362 7322
• Wanabee, Main campus until 17 February 2012 until 16:00
• Tuks athletics office, LC de Villiers, Tel: (012) 420 6080
• The Sweat Shop, Dunkeld, Tel: (011) 325 2567 until 15 February 2012
• The Sweat Shop, Fourways, Tel: (011) 467 5966 until 15 February 2012
• The Sweat Shop, Centurion, Tel: (012) 665 0048 until 15 February 2012

About Bestmed:

The scheme is committed to keeping their members healthy and productive so they partner with employer groups to offer comprehensive wellness programmes in the workplace to proactively manage their employees’ health. Their Wellness Programme includes a set of early warning tests aimed at diagnosing certain high-risk medical conditions at an early stage. The programme seeks to encourage lifestyle changes of client members, in partnership with employer groups, and to create an environment conducive to changing health habits.

These lifestyle changes mean encouraging members to:

·                     Eating healthier;

·                     Finding time to relax;

·                     Making safer lifestyle choices; and

·                     Increasing physical activity

For more information on Bestmed go to www.bestmed.co.za

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