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
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.