Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 127, February 2020 - Page 26

ADVERTORIAL SPAR Women’s Challenge PE Awaits Take a chance on exercise and it may change your life, is the message from SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton ahead of the 27 th Women’s Challenge in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 21 March. Ready to ta ke on the SP AR Women’s Challenge ar e (from the left) runner Minnie Trim alley, SPAR EC sponsors and events hip manager Alan Stapleton, an entertainer d Gino Fabbri T he PE event, which consists of a 10km and 5km race, will be the first in the six-leg national SPAR Grand Prix Series, and Stapleton urges social runners to join in a day of female camaraderie. “We invite you to join the fun. Who knows, the fitness and fun bug might bite. Mindsets may change and old, lazy habits may seep away as exercise makes you feel good about yourself.” He says the annual event will also be leveraged to promote the retailer’s STOP Plastic campaign. “It is an effort to change attitudes about how people think about and use plastic. Being part of the Women’s Challenge will shout out loud that you are part of this wave of change. How you use plastic may seem insignificant, but it can lead to big change.” The Women’s Challenge will also be used as a vehicle to help the less fortunate. “Your involvement will align you with the ever-growing need to support the many young women unable to afford sanitary products,” says Stapleton. “We are proud to hold hands with Options, the Community Chest and Khazimla on this initiative.” The start and finish venue will again be at Pollok Beach in Summerstrand, and the routes will take runners through the suburb’s streets. There will not be a Kids’ Challenge this year, but children under nine can take part in the 5km race if accompanied by an adult. Otherwise the age restrictions for the 5km and 10km events are nine and 14 years respectively. Men will be permitted to enter the 5km provided they dress in drag and run near the back. For more information, contact the race office from 9am to 5pm on weekdays on 072 257 2161. ISSUE 127 FEBRUARY 2020 / www.modernathlete.co.za 26 Entry for the 10km costs R60 for licenced runners and R100 for unlicenced runners, but licenced competitors over 65 will enjoy free entry into the 10km. The entry fee for the 5km is R60. Prospective participants can enter online at www.sparec.co.za until 17 March, while manual entries can be handed in until 18 March at: • The Footballer and Brian Bands Sports (Cape Road) • Action Sports (6 th Avenue Walmer and Summerstrand) • Sportsmans Warehouse (Moffett Retail Park) • UD Sports (Graaff-Reinet Road in Uitenhage) The first 8000 entrants will receive goodie bags and a T-shirt, redeemable at registration on 19 and 20 March, as well as on race day from 5.30am. The 10km starts at 7am and the 5km at 8am. The high school with the most participants will receive a laptop, while the primary school and company with the most entries will receive R2500 each. Just take note that bulk entries close on 15 March. Also, the teacher who organises the most entries will pocket an incentive of R1200. Entry Details