Inspiring people, delicious food and top entertainment were the order of the day at the media launch for the SPAR Women’s Race Joburg.
The enchanting Buitengeluk venue in Broadacres saw South Africa’s fastest 10km women runners meet to promote Joburg’s most beautiful race, which last year raised R60 000 for charity.
Taking place at Marks Park Sports Club, Emmarentia, on 7 October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer support group Reach for Recovery will be the beneficiary again this year.
Central Gauteng Athletics president James Moloi spoke at the launch on 23 August, saying the run has played a major role in inspiring women and girls to improve their fitness.
“Over the years the SPAR series has proved to be South Africa’s most beautiful race,” he said.
SPAR South Rand divisional marketing director, Martin Webber said the 5km fun run and 10km challenge bring social and elite runners together. “The SPAR Grand Prix series always sees top runners competing, making it a real race.
“But we also see women of all walks of life – young and old, fit or not fit – the runs appeal to all.”
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Race patron, and twice Olympian athlete, René Kalmer described the role the race played in her journey when she first started running. “I am so grateful for SPAR who have helped me develop as an athlete and give me the chance to go to the Olympics.”