Oh goodie GOODIE!


As they open the Dischem Half Marathon goodie bag, athletes are seen with big smiles on their faces.

In fact, this goodie bag is widely regarded as the best in the business and definitely sets the standard for the rest of the year’s running events.

And its perhaps not surprising that the Dischem Half Marathon’s naming sponsor Dischem Pharmacies is instrumental in supplying both the goodie bags and everything in them.

Stan Goetsch, the director of Dischem Pharmacies, says that the contents of the goodie bag is carefully monitored to give athletes relevant products.

“As with each of our events, we make every effort to ensure that the event experience for entrants is of a high standard and good value of the entry fee,” he explained. “With the support of our suppliers, we manage to put, what we believe, is the best quality goodie bag together for each of our events.”

And Stan is one to know what athletes need as he, himself, is a runner with no less than seven Comrades and two Oceans under his belt. He actually ran the race – then sponsored by Bliss Dairies – in 1989 as his first running event.

Like previous years, the goodie bag includes an awesome T-shirt which runners wear with pride after they have conquered the Dischem Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 17 January through the picturesque streets of Bedfordview.

So if you have entered this race, remember to collect your numbers, goodie bags and T-shirts at the following collection points:

  • Dischem Fourways Mall, Thursday 14 January from 09:30 to 17:00;
  • Dischem Park Meadows (opposite Eastgate), Friday 15 January from 09:30 to 17:00;
  • Virgin Active Bedfordview, Saturday 16 January from 09:30 to 15:00.

And if you miss those dates, you can pick up your number, but not your goodie bag and T-shirt, at the event between 05:00 and the start of the race.

For those who didn’t enter the 2016 Dischem Half Marathon, remember to get your entry into the 2017 Dischem Half Marathon early, ensuring that you receive your goodie bag which will put a smile on your face.