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Strut your stuff at SA's most beautiful race


By FOCUS REPORTER

THE 2011 SPAR Women's Challenge (Pretoria leg) in association with Jacaranda 94.2, was officially launched at the Irene Country Lodge recently.
As always the race and entire campaign has a firm focus on social upliftment and community, and a share of the proceeds will be donated to various charitable causes. The 2011 challenge offers a phenomenal event for all women runners, from advanced to amateur. The event includes both a 10km and a 5km race for those interested in shorter distances, and will be hosted at Super Sport Park in Pretoria on 27 August 2011. The 10km race forms part of the SPAR Women's 10km Grand Prix Challenge, a series of five 10km races hosted across the country. The Pretoria leg is the second last of the series, which is currently being led by defending champion - Irvette van Blerk. SPAR North Rand has once again shown great innovation and has introduced various new initiatives to the 2011 edition. These include a 'Takkie Drive' which encourages all runners to bring an old pair of functional sneakers to the race, to be donated to charity. Through lucky draws, a few fortunate donors will be rewarded with a brand new pair of New Balance Rainbow Running shoes for their support. The main attraction of the day is that Global Nissan are giving away a brand new Nissan Micra, the multi-award winning compact city car, to one lucky runner. Other charitable organisations which will benefit from the event include the Chrysalis Foundation, a Pretoria based foundation providing counselling and support to young women aged 14-18 who have been victims of abuse, Help-net, who provide a safehouse for children who find themselves in abusive circumstances, and The Good Morning Angels Jacaranda 94.2 initiative, who received a donation last year of R50,000 from SPAR North Rand, to donate to a worthy cause . A percentage of the race entry fee will be donated to these organisations, so all participants will be having fun whilst assisting the less fortunate. SPAR North Rand's Managing Director, Mario Santana, speaking at the recent launch of the event explained, "Our focus for the 2011 event is strongly on quality versus quantity. Our race has grown considerably in volume over the last few years, with 22,000 entries at the 2010 event, and this year's focus will be on the internal beauty of all women, regardless of aesthetics. But most importantly, we invite all women to come and celebrate their beauty and enjoy the day with us" The SPAR Women's Challenge, which has affectionately become known as 'South Africa's most beautiful' road race, is more about the thousands of ordinary women from all backgrounds and walks of life, who are beautiful in their own right through the considerable contributions they make to their families, their work and their various communities in general. This year's launch event saw even more beauty with the likes of performances by singer Adeline Mocke, and personal stories of inspiration told by Hettie Britz - who related her story of survival and courage. Attendees were treated to a video clip interview with Martha Mokobe- a domestic worker turned Comrades runner, who discussed the positive lifestyle change road running has given her. Rugby fans were also delighted with Springbok and Sharks hooker, Bismarck du Plessis' attendance at the launch. The race is all about having fun, so ladies - with only eight weeks to go we hope you are training hard, but if not, come join us and enjoy the vibe and spirit regardless. Annie Malan, patron of the race, had this to say, " To love the world is to love yourself first - enter this race - it's a tiny step for women, but a beautiful step into your own beautiful dreams". The first 22,000 entrants to the Pretoria race this year will receive bright green T-shirts. These brightly coloured T-shirts have become synonymous with the SPAR Women's challenge over the years. All finishers will also receive a medal and goodie bag. The SPAR Women's Challenge, a five series race run at centres around the country , affectionately called SA's most beautiful race as well as the biggest ladies race on the South African calendar, allows thousands of women, in all walks of life to take part in the run / walk the 5km or 10km road race, setting and achieving personal goals. For the elite SA ladies runners, the Grand Prix series offers substantial cash prizes and prestige for the winners. No other race can compare. Entry forms are available at selected SPAR, SuperSPAR and KwikSPAR stores or online at www.ladiesrace.co.za. You can also follow us on twitter at SPAR ladiespta and facebook SPAR Women's Challenge (PRETORIA). For telephone enquiries please call us on 011 203 5399.

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