SPAR Spreads A Little Sunshine

SPAR Launches South Africa’s Most Beautiful Virtual Challenge!

SPAR is aiming to put some sunshine back in your life during these challenging times with the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge.

2020 has been a strange year, as the world struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. In South Africa, large gatherings have been banned until further notice, resulting in the cancellation of the six city SPAR Women’s Challenge races that make up the SPAR Women’s Grand Prix.

However, despite the cancellation of the ever so popular series, on September 26 2020, women who would normally be taking part in the SPAR Challenges are asked to #BeSunshine by taking part in the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge. Supported by the SPAR Inland region, women from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State, North West and Northern Cape will be able to enter South Africa’s most beautiful SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge with limited entries available for interested women in Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal.

Bringing the Sunshine Back

Women of all ages can run or walk any distance between 5km and 10km between six in the morning and six in the evening, and then post about their experiences on any platform, using the hashtags #BeSunshine or #SPARVirtualChallenge.

“2020 was meant to be a year of celebration, as we marked 30 years of our involvement in women’s road running,” said SPAR Group Marketing Executive Mike Prentice, adding, “We know that thousands of women look forward to taking part in the SPAR Women’s Challenge races and their associated Fun Runs each year, and so we have decided to run a virtual challenge to give women something to look forward to and a motive to exercise.”

Taking on World Records!

Mike wants to go big, “We also want to try to set a Guinness world record for the biggest women’s virtual challenge. Our target is 30 000 entries,” while also highlighting an important cause he adds, “We will also be giving hope and assisting survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) at the same time. GBV is a scourge in South African society and appears to have worsened during the national lockdown. We at SPAR want to do something to help the survivors, and all the money received from entry fees will be used to help them.”

Race Ambassador Philicity Reeken (Jacaranda FM presenter, actress and GBV survivor) applauded SPAR in their strong stance against gender-based violence. “I’m so happy to see SPAR turn a spotlight on the scourge of GBV in this country and use their platform to support women.”

This Challenge is for Everyone 

Entry to the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge is R50, and for every entry, SPAR will donate a food parcel to a GBV survivor. Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels will coordinate the distribution of the food parcels. Each entrant will also receive a limited-edition race t-shirt, a lightweight buff, and a race magazine.

Ambassadors Lend Their Support

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Ready for South Africa’s Most Beautiful Virtual Challenge, the 2020 SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge are pictured from left: 2017 SPAR Grand Prix winner, Kesa Molotsane; South African Netball Captain, Bongi Msomi and Olympian athlete, Rene Kalmer. The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge will take place in September this year. Picture Credit: Reg Caldecott

There will be thirty ambassadors invited to promote the message and goodwill of the challenge. One of these is Rene Kalmer, who has been running in the SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km races for more than half her life and is also the first to win three SPAR Grand Prix titles. “I love the Sunshine theme,” says Rene.

“The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge colour yellow symbolises happiness, optimism, and positivity. These have been dark days and we all need a little sunshine. It is also time for the athletes to give back to SPAR, who have supported us for the past 30 years. My fellow athletes and I will give the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge our full support,” says Rene, adding,  “I am pregnant and will be well into my pregnancy by September 26, so I will be shuffling rather than running, but you can bet my family and I will be taking part and spreading some sunshine.”

Captain of the SPAR Proteas netball team, Bongi Msomi, is another ambassador, “I have taken part in SPAR Women’s Challenge series for the vibe and the party feeling, so I am excited to be an ambassador for the virtual challenge,” says Bongi, adding, “GBV is a serious problem in South Africa and it is time we send messages to everyone, not just men, that it is not acceptable. I am happy to help survivors of GBV.” Bongi said the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge would send a positive message at a time when people needed some sunshine in their lives.

How Do I Enter?

It’s simple, click on this link, www.sparvirtualchallenge.co.za which will take you to the 2020 SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge website where you can enter!

Sanlam CT Marathon

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon cancelled; Virtual Race to go ahead as planned!

Following lengthy discussions, detailed review and careful consideration of all options and alternatives, the organisers and sponsors of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon have confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 event.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was scheduled to take place on Sunday, 18 October 2020. The event is one of many major South African mass participation sporting events that had to be removed from the SA racing calendar amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Athletics South Africa President Aleck Skhosana said, “Cancelling this year’s edition of the Cape Town Marathon was a difficult decision to make because it is also home to the ASA Marathon Championships. This is the only World Athletics Gold label marathon in Africa and it’s an influential nation-builder with a massive economic impact. We know that it will come as a great disappointment to thousands of runners who were looking forward to the race. However, the decision had to prioritise the health and safety of all involved, as well as the lives of all South Africans.”

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Chairman, Francois Pienaar, calls the cancellation a sad and disappointing moment. “This decision did not come easy, but was one that had to be made after exhausting all our options. The reality is that we simply cannot risk the health and well-being of our participants, volunteers, supporters and stakeholders. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, partners and service providers who share our disappointment but agree that this is the most prudent option in these uncertain times.”

Sydney Mbhele, Chief Executive of Brand at Sanlam, the race’s headline sponsor, commended the organising team for taking the appropriate steps during these challenging times.

“At Sanlam, we fully support this decision. We feel deeply for all those people whose lives are positively impacted by the race each year. We are working alongside our partners to ensure that we are still able to generate as much economic activity as possible from the virtual race to allow us to continue to support our charities this year.

“In particular, we have made a pledge that CANSA, our biggest beneficiary, will continue to benefit from the race this year, no matter its format. We encourage runners to not only support the Virtual Race, but to also add a sense of meaning to their participation this year. Make this the year you Run For Something – whether it is to beat your personal record, celebrate your training journey during a challenging lockdown, or to raise money for a good cause like CANSA.”

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, added, “The country, along with the rest of the world, is faced with a serious crisis which has put a stop to mass participation events indefinitely . This is important in safeguarding the health and safety of participants, spectators as well as officials working in the events hosted in our beautiful city.  The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is one of the most important spectacles on the city’s annual events calendar and as the City of Cape Town, we remain committed to supporting Africa’s only Gold-label status marathon and we look forward to hosting the race again in 2021.”

Full Refund

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Director Renee Jordaan confirms that entrants will have the option to receive a full refund, or donate their entry fee to charity.

“All donated entry fees will be distributed between the Peninsula School Feeding Association and Community Chest of the Western Cape to support the increased social needs during the pandemic.”

The refund and donations process will be facilitated through entrants’ entry profile on Webtickets.

Affected entrants will receive detailed communications and instructions in this regard in the coming days.

All Systems Go For Virtual Marathon

While the iconic road race may no longer be going ahead this year, the inaugural Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon is set to take the world by storm on 18 October, with the introduction of a Virtual Marathon, Half Marathon and 5km or 10km Peace Run/Walk.

The Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon enables athletes from across the globe to be a part of the iconic city marathon on 18 October 2020, by running their choice of the 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon or the 5km / 10km Peace Run.

Through combining cutting-edge technology, advanced tracking features, and pre-recorded audio and video within the Virtual Marathon App, participants get to enjoy the full Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race experience, no matter where they are in the world – from the start line ceremony, the lighting of the Peace Torch and the promenade sounds of seagulls and crashing ocean waves, to the local crowds and Cape minstrels cheering them on.

Runners’ race experience will be further enhanced by real-time tracking of their own run, while they are also informed of their virtual progress along the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon route. And as the race will be run in athletes’ local time zone, participants will be able to challenge their mates elsewhere in the world while they wait for their own race to start.

This is the new face of virtual racing – a world first, coming from the heart of the Mother City

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was recently awarded the prestigious World Athletics Gold Label Status for the fourth consecutive year – the only marathon on the African continent and one of only a select group of marathons in the world to have this status. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to sweep across the globe, and the postponement of the Olympic Games, all Gold Label Status races will retain their status for 2020 and 2021.

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Cape Town leg of SPAR Women’s Challenge Series Cancelled

SPAR Western Cape has taken the difficult decision to cancel the SPAR Women’s Challenge in Cape Town, one of six road races in the SPAR Grand Prix series, run throughout the country. The race was to be held on Sunday, 5 April in Green Point.

The announcement follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent address to the nation in which he laid out drastic measures to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. These include the prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people, and an embargo placed on large events.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the event for this year,” commented Elsabe van Zyl – Felix, advertising manager for SPAR Western Cape. “The race has a loyal following and we are mindful of how disappointed the women who have entered will be.

“However, we fully embrace the bold initiatives of Government and all their healthcare partners, who are doing everything in their power to overcome the global threat of this virus.”

Race entry cut off was scheduled for Sunday, 22 March. SPAR has taken the decision to refund the R120 entry fee to all entrants. The race organisers have requested patience in this regard, as they prepare all the reconciliation and administrative needs. They further confirm that entrants will receive official correspondence from the Race Office regarding refunding details and the process thereof. No refunds will be made via any SPAR store, please refer refund queries to: info@topevents.co.za.

The sponsors have also committed to honour the race beneficiaries, and an amount of R100 000 each will be donated to Operation Smile SA and the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

“This is a time for all of us to pull together and beat this deadly virus. We need to stay positive and be sensible if we are to flatten the curve.” Van Zyl – Felix said that she would like to thank Western Province Athletics for all their hard work to date. As well as media partners, Heart FM and Die Burger, and all other stakeholders.

Update on the SPAR Grand Prix series

The Port Elizabeth race, which would have been run on Saturday, 28 March has been postponed. The organisers have reserved Saturday October 17, 2020 as a revised date for the race.

SPAR Group Marketing Executive, Mike Prentice, said the sponsors of the Challenge were disappointed but needed to act in the best interests of all South Africans.

“We live in uncertain times,” said Prentice.

“We have to act in accordance with the Government’s directives, and with the best interests of all South Africans in mind.  Our chief concern is the health and safety of everyone.

“We will review the situation in six weeks and make any further announcement then, when we will also announce a decision on the Durban SPAR Women’s Challenge, which is scheduled for the end of June.”

The SPAR Women’s Challenge Series is run annually in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban, Tshwane, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg, with top runners earning points towards the SPAR Grand Prix. Despite the cancellation of the Cape Town event, the SPAR Grand Prix will continue but will be calculated over five instead of six races.

The Tshwane and Maritzburg races are scheduled for August and the Joburg SPAR Women’s Challenge for October 5.

Race Status Update by Province

With the South African Government declaring COVID-19 a national disaster and putting strict interventions in place meaning no mass gatherings of more than 100 people till the 15th April a lot of running, triathlons and cycling events have been affected. We are doing our best to keep runners updated with the status of upcoming events status, please see all immediate events listed below with links to race contacts, courtesy  Runners Guide, to guide runners on affected races.

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Zwartkop Nite Race Series 4
Date: 18 March 2020
Venue: Zwartkop Country Club
Organiser: Bout Time Events
Status: Postponed TBC Date
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Adventure Trails Simparica Avianto Run/Walk
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Avianto Clubhouse
Organiser: Adventure Run
Status: Cancelled
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Sunnypark Right to Run/Walk
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Sunnypark Mall
Organiser: Arcadia Running Club
Status: Cancelled
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Vaal Mall 4 in 1 Challenge
Date: 21 March
Venue: Vaal Mall
Organiser: Arcelo Mittal Athletics Club
Status: Cancelled
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AdventureRun Rockfalls Trail Walk/ Run – Rock Falls Ranch
Date:22 March 2020
Venue: Rockfalls Ranch Conference Centre
Organiser: Adventure Run
Status: Cancelled
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Joburg North City Marathon
Date: 22 March 2020
Venue: Marks Park Sports Club
Organiser: RunZone
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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West Rand Marathon
Date: 22 March 2020
Venue: Greenhills Stadium
Organiser:
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Barn Pizza Adventure Night Trail Run
Date: 25 March 2020
Venue: The Big Red Barn
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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J.P Morgan Corporate Challenge
Date: 26 March 2020
Venue: Wanderers Athletic Club
Organiser: Wanderers Club
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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AdventureRun Sunset Trail Run/Walk
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Komga Show Grounds
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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AdventureTails Barn Walk/Run – Big Red Barn
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Big Red Barn
Organiser: Trail Adventure
Status: Cancelled
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Kingskloof 4 Seasons Trail Run-Autumn
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Kingskloof at Laurentia Farm
Organiser: Master Event Timing
Status: Cancelled
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Barn Adventure Trail Run/Walk – Big Red Barn
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: The Big Red Barn
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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Jackie Gibson Marathon & Alan Ferguson Half Marathon
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: Klipriversberg Recreation Centre
Organiser: Johannesburg Harriers Athletic Club
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Kosmosdal 8 & 5km Fun Run/Walk
Date: 29 March 2019
Venue: Kosmosdal Checkers Shopping Centre
Organiser: Kosmosdal Athletic Club
Status: Unknown
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Kimiad Adventure Night Run/Walk
Date: 1 April 2020
Venue: Kimiad Golf Course
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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AdventureRun Houghton Golf Course Night
Date: 2 April 2020
Venue: Houghton Golf Club
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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AdventureTails Cow Trail Run/Walk
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Hazledean Valley Trails
Organiser: Trail Adventure
Status: Cancelled
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Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy Trail Run
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Maropeng Amphitheatre
Organiser: The Leverage Corporation
Status: Unknown
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Ford 3-in1
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Ford Motor Company Sports Grounds
Organiser:
Status: Unknown
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Alan Robb 32km & 15km
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Germiston Stadium
Organiser: Germiston Callies Harriers
Status: Cancelled
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Fresh @ Wolwespruit Trail Run
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Wolwespruit Trail Park
Organiser: Fresh Trails
Status: Postponed to 3 May
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Gandhi 12 & 6km Walk
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Gandhi Hall
Organiser: Gandhi Walk Committee
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Ingaadi Spa AdventureRun
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Ingaadi Spa
Organiser: Trail Adventure
Status: Cancelled
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JointEze Irene Ultra Marathon
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: ARC Irene Campus
Organiser: Irene Athletics Club
Status: Cancelled Now Virtual Race
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Smuts Irene River Night AdventureRun
Date: 8 April 2020
Venue: Smuts Irene
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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Randburg Harriers Easter 100
Date: 10 April 2020
Venue: Ranbdurg Sports Complex
Organiser: Randburg Harriers
Status: Cancelled
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AdventureTails River Walk/Run – Smuts Irene
Date: 11 April 2020
Venue: Jan Smuts Irene River
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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Frenus Zietsman Race Against Drugs 10km
Date: 11 April 2020
Venue: Pilditch Stadium
Organiser: Mamelodi Athletic Club
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Ekurhuleni Chris Hani Half Marathon
Date: 12 April 2020
Venue: Vosloorus Stadium
Organiser: Vosloorus Runners Athletics Club
Status: Cancelled
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Hero Adventure Night Trail Run Series
Date: 18 March 2020
Venue: Spice Route Estate
Organiser: Hero Adventure Trails
Status: Cancelled
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Die Poort Half Marathon & 10km
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Uniondale Show Grounds
Organiser: Grasshoppers Outeniqua Harriers
Status: Cancelled
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Paarl Mall Half Marathon & 10km
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Paarl Mall
Organiser: Boland Masters
Status: Unknown
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Tyger Half Marathon & 10km Run/Walk
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Tyger Valley Centre
Organiser: Top Events, Durbanville Athletic Club
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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Trail Series Super League 4 of 7 – Paarl Mountain
Date: 22 March 2020
Venue: Oak Valley
Organiser: Wild Runner
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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VWS Nuweberg Trail Challenge
Date: 22 March 2020
Venue: Cape Canopy Tours
Organiser: Volunteer Wildfire Services
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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Merrel Autumn Night Run Series powered by Black Diamond
Date: 25 March 2020
Venue: Simon’s at Groot Constantia
Organiser: Mountain Runner Events
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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Outeniqua Quest 108km Nonstop & Ultra
Date: 26 March 2020
Venue: Millwood Hut
Organiser: CSM Sport & Entertainment
Status: Cancelled
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KKI Volstruiswedloop Half Marathon & 10km
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Wesbank Primary School
Organiser: Oudtshoorn Athletic Club
Status: Unknown
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Leapfrog Gordon’s Bay Half Marathon & LabourWise 10km
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Gordon’s Bay Primary School
Organiser: Strand Athletic Club
Status: Leapfrog 21.1km will be replaced by the False Bay 50km for 2020 on 10 May
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Tygerberg 30km
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: Tygerberg Athletic Track
Organiser: Tygerberg NLC Athletic Club
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Merrell Autumn Night Run Series powered by Black Diamond
Date: 1 April 2020
Venue: Groot Constantia Wine Estate
Organiser: Mountain Runner Events
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Kingfisher MTB & Trail Run
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Beyond the Moon
Organiser: Chain Gang Events
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Ravensmead 15km
Date: 4 April
Venue: Florida Park
Organiser: Ravensmead Athletic Club
Status: Cancelled
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SPAR Women’s Challenge
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Green Point Precinct
Organiser: Western Province Athletics
Status: Cancelled
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Merrel Autumn Night Run Series powered by Black Diamond
Date: 8 April 2020
Venue: Simons at Groot Constantia
Organiser: Mountain Runner Events
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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AdventureRun Barn Run/Walk
Date: 10 April 2020
Venue: Big Red Barn
Organiser: AdventureRun
Status: Cancelled
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Two Oceans 24km & 12km Trail Run
Date: 10 April 2020
Venue: UCT Grounds
Organiser: Two Oceans Marathon NPC
Status: Cancelled
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Two Oceans Fun Run
Date: 10 April 2020
Venue: UCT Grounds
Organiser: Two Oceans Marathon NPC
Status: Cancelled
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Legends 10 & 5km
Date: 11 April 2020
Venue: Church Square
Organiser: Worcester Athletics Club
Status: Unknown
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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon
Date: 11 April
Venue: Main Road
Organiser: Two Oceans Marathon NPC
Status: Cancelled
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SPAR Women’s 10km – Port Elizabeth
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Pollok Beach
Organiser: Walmer Athletics Club
Status: Postponed to 17 Oct 2020 (Provisional)
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Real Gijimas Ultra Marathon
Date: 22 March 2020
Venue: Masizakhe Children’s Home
Organiser: Real Gijimas
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Cabbage Patch 15km
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Komga Show Grounds
Organiser: Border Athletics
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Correctional Services 10km Classic
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Farmers Market
Organiser: St Albans Correctional Services
Status: Unknown
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Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge
Date: 10 April 2020
Venue: Royal St. Andrew Golf Course
Organiser: Kowie Striders
Status: Postpone, New Date TBC
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Standard Bank Black Mountain Challenge – Two Days
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Black Mountain Hotel & Spa
Organiser: Cityrun (Pty) Ltd
Status: Postponed to 22-23 August 2020
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Mwelase Half Marathon, 10 & 5km
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: HTS School
Organiser: Real Lions Athletic Club
Status: Unknown
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Potato Pride Wilge Marathon, Half & 10km
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: GJ Humans Sports Ground
Organiser: Goudveld Multisport
Status: Unknown
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Drakensberg Northern Trail Run
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Border Post
Organiser: KZN Trail Running
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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The Solly M Crescent Challenge
Date: 22 March
Venue: Kings Park Stadium
Organiser: Crescent Sporting Club
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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AdventureRun Port Shepstone Golf Course Run/Walk
Date: 25 March 2020
Venue: Port Shepston Country Club
Organiser: AdevntureRun
Status: Cancelled
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Route Six 2 Two Trails
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Oaksprings Farm
Organiser: Six 2 Two Trails
Status: Postponed to November 2020
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Checkout Half Marathon & 10km Run/Walk
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: King Park Athletic Stadium
Organiser: Checkout Verulam Falcons AC
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Rocky Bay Trail Run
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: Rocky Bay Resort
Organiser: KZN Trail Running
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Tronox Umhlathuze Marathon & Half
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: Umhlathuze Athletic Club
Organiser: uMhlathuze Athletic Club
Status: Cancelled
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Umgeni Water Marathon, Half & 14,47km Run/Walk
Date: 29 March 2020
Venue: Baynesfield Recreational Club
Organiser: Collegians Harriers
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Giba Gorge Night Fun Trail Run
Date: 1 April 2020
Venue: Giba Gorge MTB Park
Organiser: Giba Gorge MTB & Adventure Park
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Arthur Creswell Memorial Ultra Marathon & Half Marathon
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Oaklahamba Municipality
Organiser: Ladysmith Athletics Club
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Bushman’s Trail Run
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Wagendrift Dam Campsite
Organiser: KZN Trail Running
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Durban City Marathon and Half
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Kings Park Stadium
Organiser: KwaZulu-Natal Athletics
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Holla Trails Classice
Date: 5 April 2020
Venue: Fairview Estates
Organiser: Holla Trails
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Standerton Goldi 4-in-1
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Standerton High School
Organiser: Standerton Marathon Club
Status: Cancelled
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Gert Sibande District Marathon
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue: Gert Sibande District Office
Organiser: Ermelo Marathon Club
Status: Unknown
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Richkim & John Henry Consultants 10km & Fun Run
Date: 1 April 2020
Venue: Kees Taljaard Stadium
Organiser: Midack Athletic Club
Status: Unknown
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Buffalo Gorge Trail Series
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Buffalo Gorge Eco Adventure Centre
Organiser: Buffalo Gorge Eco Adventure Centre
Status: Continuing limited to 90 people
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Great East 3 in 1
Date: 11 April 2020
Venue: Great East Sports Club
Organiser: Great East Athletic Club
Status: Cancelled
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York Dusk Till Dawn Race
Date: 12 April
Venue: York Engelhard Park
Organiser: Fresh Trails
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Bushveld 32 & 10km
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Hoerskool Brits
Organiser: Amanzi Athletic Club
Status: Postponed to 5 December 2020
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Carletonville Half Marathon
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Carletonville Mall
Organiser: Pulsesport
Status: Unknown
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Ale Trail Run
Date: 28 March 2020
Venue:  Black Horse Brewery
Organiser: Wild Africa Experiences
Status: Still Continuing Limit of 90 Runner for two Days, pls monitor website
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NC_HEADER-BANNER-600x97 Race Status Update by Province News

Phakamile Madija Human Rights Half Marathon
Date: 21 March 2020
Venue: Galeshewe Stadium
Organiser:
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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Konica Minolta Kimberley Road
Date: 28 March
Venue: Bishops Old Boy’s Club
Organiser: Vodacom Kimberley Road Runners
Status: Postponed New Date TBC
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Mall of the North Marathon
Date: 4 April 2020
Venue: Mall of the North
Organiser: Polokwane Athletic Club
Status: Postponed, New Date TBC
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Jacaranda FM & Tracker’s Off The Beat’n Track Postponed After Coronavirus Outbreak Declared National Disaster

With the South African Government declaring COVID-19 a national disaster and putting strict interventions in place on 15 March 2020, Jacaranda FM and Tracker have moved to postpone Off the Beat ‘n Track 2020 – Gauteng’s favourite family fun day of mountain biking and music – until further notice.

According to Jacaranda FM’s Marketing Manager Leith Smith and Head of Marketing at Tracker, Charlette Roetz: “COVID-19 poses a significant health risk to all South Africans and it’ll take a proactive, collective effort to prevent the spread of this disease and further loss of life. The health and safety of those in attendance are always paramount at any of our events and, following the announcement that gatherings of more than 100 people will be prohibited within South African borders, the event has been postponed until further notice.”

Jacaranda FM & Tracker encourage those who have already bought tickets to hold on to their tickets until a new date for the event has been set. Those who wish to request a refund can contact the race office at info@advendurance.com or (012) 012 5205.

Stay tuned to Jacaranda FM and www.jacarandafm.com, listen via the Jacaranda FM app – available for IOS and Android, DStv Channel 158 or tune in via https://www.jacarandafm.com/listen-live/ for further updates.

Jacaranda FM & Tracker implore South Africans to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and to be vigilant in spotting and addressing symptoms of COVID-19:

According to the World Health Organization, precautions include washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

 The WHO states that signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure which, if not timeously addressed, could have dire consequences.

We are here to help

Calling All Race Organiser

These are uncertain times we live in… the world is going into a state of shut-down and self-isolation to try curb the spread of the coronavirus, and people everywhere are asking questions that governments, leaders, doctors, scientists, retailers and event organisers simply cannot answer as yet. Nobody knows what is going to happen next, so we’re all trying to work out how best to deal with the situation.

Those of us involved in the running and endurance sport industry have seen all events up till mid-April cancelled with immediate effect, due to the necessary government decision to prohibit any gathering of more than 100 people. Many races have already officially announced that they are cancelling outright, while a few have announced postponements and proposed new dates, and more races are expected to follow suit in coming days. However, nobody is yet sure what is happening to races scheduled to take place from mid-April onwards.

This has all led to many runners posing questions, especially on social media, about alternative dates, refunds on entry fees, virtual races, the availability of T-shirts and goodie bags already paid for, and more. No doubt, race organisers are being inundated with such messages across all channels of communication.

As one of the leading publishers in the running and endurance sport domain, the Modern Athlete team would like to offer our services to all in this community to help get through this difficult time.

  • We have a weekly newsletter going out to more than 77,000 runners, so it is a great way to communicate updated event news.
  • We are setting up a free portal for all races to communicate their status, i.e. cancelled, postponed, decision pending, etc, which we will distribute across all our channels, including social media.
  • We will create article pages on our website for each province and update info as it comes in, giving all our readers the latest available info on event news.
  • We will carry this info through to the magazine as well.

While most thoughts right now are on health and safety issues, there are many people also worrying about their finances and their jobs or careers, because the virus-induced shut-down has already denied or will deny them an income. We all know that the coming weeks are going to be really hard, but if we work together, we can try to get through this as best possible.

So please let us know if we can help you and your event in any way. You can speak to any member of our team and we will explain where we can help you:

Richard Laskey –  richard@modernathlete.co.za

Roxanne Martinroxanne@modernathlete.co.za

Jason Martinjason@modernathlete.co.za

Sean Falconer –  seanf@modernathlete.co.za

Alternatively, you can simply send an email to info@modernathlete.co.za with your race information and we will load it onto our portals, please include the following:

Race Name
Race Status
Cancelled/Postponed
Procedure for Participants
Contact for Race

Running regards

The Modern Athlete Team

Boost your body with IV vitamin therapy at The IV Bar

Our Medically safe vitamin lounge offers a range of health, wellness and restorative solutions

Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy has moved out of the hospital and into the mainstream with The IV Bar, a medically supervised intravenous vitamin therapy lounge in Douglasdale, Fourways, that offers a range of vitamin drips to boost immunity and support recovery from training, illness, or even the after-effects of Phuza Thursday.

IV therapy is part of the global shift towards preventative and holistic treatments to enhance health, wellness, beauty, and aid with sports recovery and endurance. It does not replace the vital basics of eating well and exercising often, but enhances health and reduces illnesses.

Making use of intravenous therapy assures a 100% absorption rate of vitamins and minerals, with users enjoying its benefits directly and immediately. This contrasts with the 20-30% absorption rate of oral vitamins, and the 60% absorption rate of injectables.

IV vitamin therapy is extremely popular internationally, where its instant benefits are popular with high-performance athletes and fitness enthusiasts, as well as among people with illnesses that impact how their body processes and absorbs nutrients. It’s also been shown to boost the health of fibromyalgia and Lupus sufferers, reduce the effects of anxiety and stress, and assist with migraines, eczema and fatigue.

The IV Bar’s menu of drips help with hydration, improving skin tone and evening of pigmentation, enhancing energy, increasing immunity, and help sports people boost their endurance and recover faster. Drips take as little as 15-30 minutes to infuse, with dosage frequency varying according to individual needs.

Each of the vitamin drips offered by The IV Bar is compounded in a sterile laboratory and administered by a registered professional nurse. IV Bar clients can rest assured that they will receive their therapy in the safest and most sterile of environments, with minimum discomfort and maximum effectiveness during the dripping process.

The IV Bar’s central location in the easily accessible Douglasdale Village Shopping Centre is also within easy reach of many of Gauteng’s most popular gyms and fitness centres.

We’ve chosen Douglasdale because it offers an upmarket environment for our clients who will receive their drips in acomfortable, tranquil therapy lounge. The IV Bar experience is one of peace, calm, and rejuvenation, not to mention the ongoing health benefits of receiving regular boosts of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function optimally.

The IV Bar offers energy boosting JetFuel (Myers Cocktail), Skin Radiance, Immune Boost, Sports Endurance and Recovery, Hangover Cure, Fertility Boost, Anti Inflammatory and Auto immune, and Detox Infusion options on its menu.

Why drip?

Look, feel and perform better

IV drips deliver vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption. This allows the nutrients to flood your body and nourish itself at the cellular level. By using this method, infusions can safely deliver larger doses that would not otherwise be tolerated orally.

Top 10 reasons to drip:

  1. Feeling run down: Illness means that your gut is often inflamed, making it difficult to digest vitamin supplements. Intravenous vitamin infusions are absorbed directly into the blood stream, without having to be processed through the digestive system.
  2. Sports recovery: Athletes often turn to vitamin and nutrient rich IV therapy for an added boost before a big event, and after an event for faster recovery.
  3. Stress and fatigue: Chronic and adrenal fatigue are caused by so much more than stress – they are most frequently caused by a vitamin and nutrient deficiency. Set this right by choosing a drip that will restore the vitamins and nutrients you need and give you the energy boost you require.
  4. Skin radiance: Hormones, stress, environment and ageing all affect our skin. Skin brightening drip tightens and brightens skin and helps with a natural glow.
  5. Migraines: Drips with a high magnesium boost can help decrease the frequency and severity of migraines.
  6. Auto-immune: IV vitamin therapy supports the treatment of autoimmune conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma by providing essential nutrients and decreasing inflammation.
  7. Phuza Thursday (or Phuza weekend!): Say goodbye to hangovers and hello to feeling 100% again in just 30 minutes.
  8. Fast: IV vitamin therapy is quick – it takes just 15-30 minutes to infuse, depending on the cocktail you choose. You can read, catch up on mail or make phone calls while the infusion takes place – or you can choose to make your IV vitamin therapy your down- time – a chance to disconnect and de-stress.
  9. Immediate benefits and no side effects: You will feel the benefits of IV vitamin therapy almost instantly, depending on which infusion you choose. There are no side-effects of IV vitamin therapy, there’s no need to prepare in any way before the infusion, and there’s no recovery time once the infusion is complete.
  10. No appointment needed: You don’t need an appointment and there is no consultation fee, just pop into The IV Bar and enjoy the benefits of IV therapy.

Visit www.theivbar.co.za for more information on IV Vitamin Therapy and discover the perfect drip for you.

Life is all about balance

OsteoEze® is excited to introduce the newest member of its product line OsteoEze® Alkaline Powder to help give us back what our everyday lives take from us. Stress, smoking, caffeine and poor eating can interfere with our acid/alkaline balance and cause a strain on our bodies, triggering symptoms such as muscle spasms, constipation, heartburn, fatigue, burning urine, sore joints and headaches. It is also beneficial in managing the symptoms associated with Gout.

“Our daily lives can be extremely stressful especially when it comes to keeping a work/life balance,” says Odette Vass, brand manager for OsteoEze®. “Making sure that we are eating correctly, exercising the right amount, and handling stress accordingly is almost impossible, which is why we need a little help to keep our bodies well-balanced.”

The formula is high in potassium, has the correct ratio of calcium to magnesium and is sodium-free. OsteoEze® Alkaline Powder gives back to the body the correct minerals it needs to compensate for an insufficient intake of fruit and vegetables and counters the acidifying effect of proteins, cereals, sugar and other sugar forming foods.

“Keeping our bodies in check is even more important nowadays with the growing negative impact our stressful lives have on us,” says Vass. “Using a supplement which is quick and easy to take, gives us an edge when it comes to keeping our bodies in good condition without giving it too much thought.”

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2020 SPAR Grand Prix Likely to be Closest on Record

Closest Series Yet!

The 2020 SPAR Grand Prix appears likely to be one of the closest in its 14-year history. The SPAR Grand Prix, which is one of the most important contests in South African road running, recognises the most successful athlete in the six SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge races, which take place around the country from March until October.

Prize money this year amounts to just under R550 000, not counting the prize money for individual races.

Runners accumulate points according to their position in each race, with the winner earning 20 points and the 20th placed runner earning one point.  They can also earn points by beating the winning time in the corresponding race in 2019.  All runners who beat this time receive 10-time incentive points.

Will Helalia Dominate Again?

Namibian runner Helalia Johannes dominated the 2019 SPAR Grand Prix winning all six races in record time.  She finished the competition with a full house of 180 points – the maximum possible. She was the first person to achieve this. In several races, the fast pace set by Johannes saw several other runners earning bonus points as well.

SPAR Grand Prix coordinator, Ian Laxton, says this is what will make the 2020 SPAR Grand Prix so competitive. “I don’t think we will see so many runners earning time points this year,” said Laxton, adding, “In fact, I think even Johannes will find it hard to beat the times she set last year.  This means that every point will count – I think there will be just two or three points between the top runners.”

“They won’t have that nice cushion of 10 points and they will have to run every race,” said Laxton.

Rewards for Up and Coming Runners!

Young up and coming runners will also be eligible for an exciting new award – the Breakthrough Runner of the Year.  This will be awarded to a South African athlete, who, in the opinion of the panel of judges, has shown the most improvement, and who has made an impact on the SPAR Challenge Series for the first time.  The winner will receive prize money of R20 000.

Race Ambassadors!

Three-times SPAR Grand Prix winner Rene Kalmer has once again been named an ambassador for the SPAR Grand Prix and this year she has been joined as ambassador by the 2017 winner, Kesa Molotsane.

“I am very happy and excited to be an ambassador for the SPAR Grand Prix,” said Molotsane. “Through the Grand Prix, SPAR has done much to empower women and I am very pleased to be able to give something back.  I believe I can offer hope to other women.”

Modern Athlete have been named media partners of the 2020 SPAR Grand Prix season and the series is endorsed by Athletics South Africa.

The first SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge race takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday March 21 and the second in Cape Town on Sunday April 5. The Grand Prix then moves to Durban (21 June) followed by Tshwane (1 August), back to KwaZulu-Natal for the Maritzburg race on 16 August and ends in the City of Joburg (4 October) which this year celebrates its 30th race Birthday.