It’s coming ... The Color Run
announces Pretoria and Joburg dates
What’s five km’s long, colourful, and coming to the Highveld at the end of 2013? No, it’s not another e-toll protest on the N1. It’s the internationally acclaimed The Color Run™, a crazy-fun extravaganza of colour known the world over for being the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.
On 2 November in Pretoria, and 8 December in Joburg, come and join the 600 000-plus participants around the globe who’ve “been there, got the T-shirt” and had it coloured by lashings of brightly coloured powder.
A fun, family-friendly race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back, The Color Run™ has brought communities around the globe together to create five-kilometre-long canvases of colour.
First run in Phoenix, Arizona, in January 2012, The Color Run™ has toured four continents and is now making its way across a fifth since its launch in Port Elizabeth on Spring Day. And if this sold-out event with its 10 000-odd runners and walkers is anything to go by, the Rainbow Nation is really getting behind this technicolour paint race.
From the Windy City, The Color Run™ heads to the Mother City on 19 October, before it wends its way north to Gauteng.
It works like this ... Color Runners arrive at the starting line wearing white, and when the start gun fires, the festival of colour begins.
Each kilometre of the event is associated with a colour: yellow, red, blue and purple. In each colour zone, volunteers shower runners and walkers with clouds of brightly coloured powder. The race ends with a colour-throwing party where participants and spectators get to reconnect with their childhoods.
The race is non-timed, so there’s no pressure and no excuse not to share in this unique experience. Sixty percent of Color Runners are first-time runners or walkers, participating for the sheer joy of doing something unique, healthy and fun with family and friends.
The Color Run™ is truly the ultimate feel-good five-kay, guaranteed to put a smile – and a whole lot of colour – onto the face of even the most jaded Gautenger.
The Color Run™ will announce the date for the Durban event shortly.
To find out more about your local Color Run™, please go to www.TheColorRun.co.za.
SPAR WOMEN’S 10 KM CHALLENGE
HAS A NEW HOME
Johannesburg, South Africa – Joburg’s most beautiful road race; the SPAR Women’s Challenge, has moved to an exciting new venue.
After many years at Old Parktonians in Randburg, the race, which takes place on Sunday October 13, has moved to the elegant Wanderers Club in Illovo.
Created by long-time SPAR Challenge runner, Sonja Laxton; the 10km signature race route takes the runners along Corlett Drive and Oxford Road as far as Riviera Road in Killarney, before zigzagging back through some of Johannesburg’s leafiest suburbs.
The 5km route meanders through the plush suburbs of Illovo, Melrose, Birdhaven and Atholl-Oaklands, giving runners a chance of peeking at some of the most beautiful gardens in Johannesburg.
“They are lovely routes,” said the evergreen Sonja Laxton, who will be running her 80th SPAR Challenge race in October. “I do most of my training in this area, and I think all the runners will enjoy the new 10km route. It is not as challenging as the previous route. There are a few longish uphill drags, but generally it is quite a gentle route, and I think the layman runner will appreciate it. “You run past some beautiful gardens as well as the Killarney golf course and there are lots of trees. The jacarandas may be out by then, which makes it all even prettier.”
She said she was excited about running her 80th Challenge race. “I’ve always enjoyed the SPAR races,” she said. “Women’s races are a lot of fun. The winner has the satisfaction of being the first across the finishing line, instead of coming after a bunch of men, and there is always a very good vibe at the SPAR races. They really are something to look forward to. I plan my year’s training around the SPAR races,” she said.
“I think they have done a lot to get women involved in running. Women who might have been a bit wary of running in a mixed race feel more comfortable about running in a women only race.” She said the standard of running was also very high. “You get the cream of the crop running in the SPAR races. In fact, it is almost like five national championships spread across the country.”
The Johannesburg Challenge is the last of the five Challenge races that make up the SPAR Grand Prix, with the runner earning the most points from the five races winning a Nissan Micra. Mapaseka Makhanya has all about claimed the title, as she has been consistently climbing the leaderboard, and placed first in the Pretoria leg this past Saturday in a record-breaking time.
Apart from the new route, there have been some other exciting changes. For instance, you have a chance to win a Nissan Micra car, simply by taking part in the race. As runners complete the race, the lucky draw slip on their number will be torn off and automatically entered for the draw. Also, there are prizes worth about R200 000 to be won.
Schools with the most entries will win Mecer laptops and accessories donated by Mustek Electronics, and the very popular Bring-a-Friend competition offers runners the chance to win New Balance running shoes worth R1000. As always is the most important beneficiary of the race, Reach for Recovery, who will receive a portion of proceeds from the SPAR Joburg Challenge entries.
In addition, the first 15 000 entrants will each receive a New Balance SPAR Challenge t-shirt on registration, and the first 15 000 finishers will be given a medal and a goody bag.
Online entries opened on August 1 and close on September 27, but late entries will be accepted between October 10 and 13. Online entries are available at www.sparwomensrace.co.za
(l-r) James Moloi President Central Gauteng Athletics, Mapaseka Makhanya SPAR Grand Prix leader, Martin Webber Marketing Director SPAR South Rand, Irvette Van Zyl Defending Champion of the SPAR Joburg Race, and Leon Swanepoel Race Director, all toast to the new improved SPAR Joburg Race. The launch took place at the Wanderers; the new race venue.
Top runners Mapaseka Makhanya and Irvette Van Zyl with their race numbers for the Joburg leg of the SPAR Womens Challenge, taking place on the 13th October 2013 at the Wanderers.
Pictures by: Reg Caldecott
Makhulu Swim, Sunday 17 February 2013
It’s only a few days to go to the Makhulu Swim which is organized by Flash Resq Lifesaving Club and Sportsvendo. The day promises to be a fun outing for the whole family.
Here’s what you need to know about the race:
StokeCity Waterpark, Olifantsfontein road, Glen Austin, Midrand [previously known as Base 3 Leisure Lakes]. See below for directions.
Entries for all the races will be available at the venue on 17 February from 07:00 until 30min before the start of the applicable event.
Event 1 – 4 [1000m] is R90.00
Event 5 - 500 Fun Swim is R60.00
Event 6 – 1000m + 500m Fun Swim is R130.00
Start & start times:
All races will be a “dry start” from the water edge of the dam
- 09h00 start of Event 1 & 1A – Girls 13 and under + Women 31yrs +
- 09h45 start of Event 2 & 2A – Boys 13 and under + Men 31yrs +
- 10h25 start of Event 3 – Women 14 – 30yrs
- 11h05 start of Event 4 – Men 14 – 30yrs
- 11h45 start of 500m Fun Swim
The course will be marked with buoys and marshalled by lifesavers in canoes.
Parking is available at the venue. You will be directed to the allocated parking areas. Please support the appointed car guards when leaving the venue with a donation.
Fast Foods & Refreshments
This will be available at the venue restaurant.
All swimmers will participate under the rules as listed on the entry form it is your responsibility to familiarize yourselves with the rules to avoid any conflict. See www.sportsvendo.co.za for the rules.
It is the responsibility of each swimmer to ensure that he or she is medically fit and healthy to participate in any of the events. A medical post with an ambulance will be on site.
You will be able to purchase photographs immediately after the event at the venue.
Will commence at 12h30
Each swimmer per event will be manually timed. The results will be posted by Wed 20 February 2013 at www.sportsvendo.co.za. No results will be available on race day.
Thank you for your support and understanding. We hope you will enjoy the race with us and we are looking forward to another great race.
Event Operations: Sportsvendo
GPS co-ordinates: S25 56.833 E28 11.283
Jacaranda City Challenge 2012
Countdown for the SABS Jacaranda City Challenge
This weekend, on Saturday 20 October, get the SABS stamp of approval on your running at the SABS Jacaranda City Challenge. While race day is now just days away, the good news is it’s still not too late to book your place at the starting line for this approved Comrades and Two Oceans qualifier.
Organised by the Agape Athletics Club, the SABS Jacaranda City Challengeis is four races in one, with a distance to suit everyone from the pros to the weekend warriors, from the grandmasters to runners as young as nine.
There’s the 42.2km qualifying marathon, the 21.1km half-marathon, a 10km race, and a 5km for the less tarmac-hardened runner.
For the first time in the Jacaranda City Challenge’s 14-year history, athletes will start and finish at the spacious grounds of the SABS campus in Groenkloof. The races windthrough some of the most beautiful suburbs in the capital city, including Brooklyn, Arcadia and Waterkloof.
It’s a fresh 6am start for the marathon and half-marathon runners, who’ll pass Loftus Versveld and the Brooklyn Mall, making their way along a scenic route under a purple ceiling of jacarandas. With the steepest climb being but a short distance up Matroosberg Road in Waterkloof Heights, the SABS Jacaranda City Challenge offers a relatively easy route for anyone wanting to qualify for the Comrades and Two Oceans.
The 10km race heads off at 6:30, followed 15 minutes later by the 5km race.
A REWARDING RACE
It’s not only the Jacaranda City Challenge’s new route which makes it such an appealing race. With prize money totalling R100 000, the race has the biggest purse of any road race in Gauteng North...yet another reason to be an “SABS-approved” runner.
The first man and woman across the line in the marathon take home R10 000, with a first prize of R4 000 in the 21.1km and R2 000 in the 10km. There will also be cash prizes for other finishing positions, as well as for category winners.
The first five men and women in the marathon and half-marathon, and the first man and woman in the shorter distances will receive gold medals, as will category winners in the marathon, half-marathon and 10km race. All runners finishing within the cut-off times will go home with a silver medal.
The first 5000 finishers across all the distances receive a goodie bag, and there will be plenty of spot prizes, such as Blue-5ive heart rate monitors, valued at R700.
Online entries have closed, but runners can register at the race venue up until the morning of the race. Visit www.entrytime.com for more information on entering, and on when and where to collect race numbers.
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A Big Thank You
To all the organisers and helpers at the race yesterday,
I would just like to say thank you for a wonderful race experience yesterday. It was one of those races I will always remember. The atmosphere at each water point was great and it reminded me of Comrades. I got chills every time they encouraged me to keep moving. Everyone helping with an orange shirt was friendly and helpful.
I was however disappointed at the behaviour of the runners when the busses arrived late to take us to the start and I refused to get onto an overloaded bus. Ironically the 10 of us who decided to wait could then choose which out of the three empty busses we are going to use. Life is not perfect and I think it takes a lot to organise an event like this.
Well done to all of you. I will cherish my memories of this race.
Lots of Love and God bless!
Best of luck with the continued sponsorship and management of this once great race, I trust that it will be restored to its former glory. I fully intend entering next year now that I have witnessed 1st hand the level of organisation that applied this year.
National Business Team Relay
4 October 2014
Jacaranda City Challenge
18 October 2014
Jacaranda City Challenge will include 5km, 10km, 21.1km , 43km and will host a quality stocked and manned water point.