Get your Iron on!

Entries for South Africa’s biggest standard distance triathlon, the Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship closes in less than a month.

The flagship event in the Standard Bank 5150 African Triathlon Series, the Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship takes place on Sunday 1 November 2015 at Germiston Lake.

This race has seen some of South Africa’s brightest young prospects and some seasoned professionals take to the stage along with hundreds of first-timers who have entered the triathlon arena – many of whom have gone on to compete at longer distance events such as IRONMAN 70.3 and the full IRONMAN distance.

In 2014, the Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship introduced a brand new bike course which created a fair and enjoyable race for both professionals and amateurs. Germiston Lake has been host to the event for the past two years providing the ideal backdrop for a great race and family friendly setting within a bustling urban area.

The 1.5km swim is a single out and back swim in Germiston Lake while the 40km bike course which starts at Germiston Lake Park taking athletes onto the N17, is now one of the most enjoyable around. The 10km run takes place in and around the Germiston Lake Park.

The distances involved make the Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship ideal for first-time athletes and anyone looking to get into the growing sport of triathlon. Relay team entries are welcome for those who would prefer to enter as a team.

The increasing popularity of the event has seen a new addition to the team category this year with the King of the Corporates category now included. The King of the Corporates category is aimed at companies who can enter teams into a separate category and compete for their own trophy and bragging rights. The King of the Corporates category is ideal for company team building.

Entries close at midnight, 2 October 2015. For more information and to enter visit www.ironman.com/5150ekurhuleni.

Get your Xterra entries in!

Online entries for the 2016 XTERRA SA Season have opened so get your entry in as soon as possible and you could win an overseas trip or a bicycle.

Renowned as South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA presented by Rehidrat® Sport will return to Buffelspoort (North West Province) the weekend of 22 – 24 January 2016. The following weekend XTERRA will make its debut in Port Elizabeth (29 – 31 January 2016), before culminating in Grabouw (Western Cape) the weekend of 19 – 21 February 2016 in the form of the South African Championships.

“Each XTERRA event will follow the exact same format in 2016,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Event weekends will start as follows: the XTERRA kids on the Friday, followed by the XTERRA Full on the Saturday and finally the XTERRA Lite on the Sunday. We are really looking forward to our Port Elizabeth introduction. The venue lends itself to becoming one of the most exciting events on the calendar, not forgetting that XTERRA Port Elizabeth will be the only XTERRA SA event to feature an ocean swim.”

2016 EVENT DATES:

Buffelspoort (North West Province)

Date: Event:
Friday, 22 January 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
Saturday, 23 January 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Full
Sunday, 24 January 2016 Fedheatlh XTERRA Lite

Port Elizabeth

Date: Event:
Friday, 29 January 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
Saturday, 30 January 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Full
Sunday, 31 January 2016 Fedheatlh XTERRA Lite

Grabouw (Western Cape)

Date: Event:
Friday, 19 February 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
Saturday, 20 February 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Full
Sunday, 21 February 2016 Fedheatlh XTERRA Lite

Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw presented by Rehidrat® Sport forms part of the XTERRA World Tour. Athletes competing at this event stand the chance to qualify for the world championship final in Hawaii later in the year.

WIN in the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Champions Challenge:

Fedhealth XTERRA Full entrants will stand a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the XTERRA World Championships. To qualify for this competition, XTERRA Warriors must enter and complete all three Fedhealth XTERRA Full Races (Buffelspoort, Port Elizabeth and Grabouw).

There’s a competition for XTERRA Lite Warriors too. Enter and complete all three Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Races (Buffelspoort, Port Elizabeth and Grabouw) and stand a chance to win a spectacular TREK Mountain Bike.

Follow us on Twitter: @XTERRASA / @Fedhealthmed
Like our FaceBook page: XTERRA South Africa / Fedhealth Medical Aid

For further information on the Fedhealth XTERRA and/or to read through the Terms and Conditions of the Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Champions Challenge visit www.stillwatersports.com or www.Fedhealth.co.za

Celebrating the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

With another year of preparation and hard work behind them, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon organisers are ready to celebrate the second edition of the relaunched race, and there are festivities, events and entertainment on offer for everyone at the annual weekend festival taking place from this Friday to Sunday (18 to 20 September).

Centred around Africa's only Silver Label road race, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is geared up to host a record field of runners and visitors, and organisers have ensured that spectators and local residents will be able to join in the festivities.

One of the key focus points for this year's race is the tremendous spectator value on offer, with marathon weekend expected to bring the Mother City to a halt.

Race ambassador Elana Meyer says: “The marathons in New York, London, Boston and others involve the communities in their respective cities, and we're hoping to achieve the same impact here. We call on all Capetonians and visitors to the city to join us in celebration of elite sport and healthy living.”

Free Sanlam Spectator Buses will be available for spectators who would like to follow the race, hopping on and off while experiencing the emotional battle faced by the runners.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Expo, to be held at The Lookout at V&A Waterfront (Grainger Bay Parking Area) on 18 and 19 September, offers a variety of food and drink stalls in a market-like atmosphere, as well as festivities to keep people of all ages entertained. The marathon finish, at Green Point A Track, promises to be equally festive.

There are multiple other points of interest for spectators and runners along the route: Tsogo Sun Newlands Best Dressed Red Carpet – Main Road Newlands; District Six – just below CPUT; City Activation on the Grand Parade Cape Town; Community Chest Bree Street Takeover – Bree Street Cape Town; Over 30 activations and music stations, including bands and DJs and Cape carnival artists in Bree Street.

For those who are unable to join in the weekend festival, there is the additional opportunity to experience the event on live SABC broadcasts. Festivities at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Expo will be broadcast live for two hour on Saturday, 19 September from 10:00 to 12:00, and marathon race day will be televised live from 06:30 to 12:00 on Sunday, 20 September.

The race will also be showcased live on the race website www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com

Impi Challenge excitement

The IMPI Challenge will head to the picturesque Van Gaalens Cheese Farm near Hartbeespoort, North West Province one last time in 2015.

It will take place on Thursday, 24 September and elite entrants Claude Eksteen and Greg Avierinos will be vying for the coveted title of IMPI Elite Champion.

“The atmosphere at every IMPI race is amazing,” says Eksteen. “I really enjoy the way in which Pieter Du Plessis puts the course together. He makes good use of each venue and incorporates a lot of natural obstacles and amazing trails. The obstacles are always great fun. They are challenging, but manageable for all entrants irrespective of their fitness levels. I would recommend the IMPI Challenge because of the variation and challenges that you have to overcome out on the course. It keeps things fresh and exciting.”

According to Avierinos, IMPI challenges you in multiple ways. “The running in the IMPI Elite Race is particularly tough compared to other obstacles course races (OCR). There is a bit of swimming, while trees and other obstacles make the route extra exciting. The IMPI Elite Race GP#2 will be my last proper chance to race hard before I head to the USA for the OCR World Champs. As I am not a swimmer, I find swimming to be the hardest obstacle. It’s a nice element though as it cools you down and loosens up the legs for the upcoming run. Although it’s always a challenge especially if you’re trying to race hard, IMPI is also a great day out with friends and a good introduction into the sport of obstacle course racing.”

A trail run that features obstacles, the IMPI Challenge has five fun categories to choose from and is ideal for entrants of all ages. These categories are: Impi Challenge (10 kilometres with 18 obstacles for athletes of 18 years or older), Impi Dash (five kilometres with 12 obstacles for athletes 10 or older – adults are welcome), Impi Mini (one kilometre with smaller supervised obstacles for ages six to 10 years), Impi Elite (18 to 20 kilometres with 25 rough obstacles for athletes of 18 years or older and it is a timed event for prize money) and the Impi Corporate (10 kilometre challenge with extra benefits, participants need to be 18 or older).

Prize money will be allocated to the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s IMPI Elite Race, R10 000 for first place, R5 000 for second place and R2 500 for third place. The first male and female IMPI Elite finisher of 45 years of age and/or older will take home a whopping R2000 prize.

Entrants are invited to enter the best dressed competition. Pull out all the stops! There are awesome sponsor prizes up for grabs.

Family and friends are invited to relax in the Festival Area while loved ones conquer their fears out on route.

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For more information on the IMPI Challenge contact 076 772 3735, email info@impichallenge.co.za or visit www.impichallenge.co.za

Last chance to enter City2City

If you haven’t entered the City2City Ultra-Marathon yet, you’ve still got a few days.

Set to take place on 27 September, this race is organised by Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA), Athletics Gauteng North (AGN), the City of Johannesburg and City of Tshwane.

Online entries for the 50 kilometre, 21 kilometre and 10 kilometre distances close on 17 September.

And if you miss that cut off, entries for the 21 kilometre and 10 kilometre distances will be taken at registration on 23, 25 and 26 September.

The route is the same as the 2013 event, with the City2City 50 kilometre Ultra marathon starting at the Gautrain station, Centurion heading to James & Ethel Grey Park, Melrose. The other two race distances, 21 kilometres and 10 kilometres, will start and finish at James and Ethel Grey Park.
For further information contact CGA office at 011 873 2726 or visit www.entrytime.com

Lebogang set to win Spar Grand Prix

With only one race left in the SPAR Women’s 10 kilometre Challenge series, Lebogang Phalula appears to have all but wrapped up the Grand Prix title.

She has finished in the top three in all four races so far, winning the Durban leg, coming second in Port Elizabeth and third in both Cape Town and Pretoria, and her consistency has earned her a total of 75 points – 14 more than her nearest rival.

Although Phalula could still be beaten, particularly if one of her rivals wins the Johannesburg race on 11 October in record time, she appears the likeliest candidate to take home a substantial cheque for R150 000.

Cornelia Joubert is currently in second position, with 61 points from four top 10 finishes, while 2013 Grand Prix winner Mapaseka Makhanya, who topped the log for the first two races after winning in record time in Cape Town, has bounced back from fifth place to third, on 57 points.

Lebogang’s twin sister, the 2014 Grand Prix winner Diana-Lebo, has moved up from seventh to fourth place, with 54 points, as a result of finishing second in Pretoria.

Christine Kalmer and Nolene Conrad are still neck and neck, although they have dropped from joint third to joint fifth place, on 53 points, while Rene Kalmer, who was lying in second position after the first three races, has dropped down to seventh place after failing to finish the Pretoria race because of a hip injury that has plagued her since the Vienna Marathon in April.

Irvette van Zyl remains in ninth position on the log (30 points), but she opted to run just the five kilometre fun run at the Pretoria race, as she was due to give birth a few weeks later, with her baby son emerging on 8 September.

The Nedbank club, which was ousted from top spot on the club ladder by Boxer last year, is comfortably in the lead with 302 points. Boxer is in second place on 282 points, followed by Transnet (96).

Central Gauteng Track & Field sets off

Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) will kick off the 2015/2016 Track and Field season in the province on Saturday 26 September at Germiston Stadium.

“After a great season last year, which saw a number of our athletes representing our province on national and international stages,” reads a press release from CGA, “we look forward to seeing more short distance athletes do their best. We also hope that the middle- and long-distance athletes aim to excel.”

The eagerly awaited fixtures for the news season in Central Gauteng have now been released, and the programme includes the following events:
• Saturday 26 September – Sub-youth and Youth Meeting, Germiston Stadium
• Saturday 3 October – Open Programme (full day), Ruimsig Stadium
• Saturday 10 October – Open Programme (full day), Germiston Stadium
• Saturday 17 October – Open Programme (full day), Boksburg Stadium
• Saturday 7 November – Sub-youth Championships, Boksburg Stadium
• Saturday 14 November – Sub-youth Meeting, Germiston Stadium
• Saturday 21 November – Inter-provincial Sub-youth Meeting, Germiston Stadium
• Saturday 9 January – Open Programme (full day), Boksburg Stadium
• Saturday 23 January – Programme One, Ruimsig Stadium
• Saturday 30 January – Programme Two, Boksburg Stadium
• Saturday 6 February – Programme One, Boksburg Stadium
• Saturday 13 February – Programme Two, Boksburg Stadium
• Thursday 25 to Friday 26 February – Primary School Provincial Championships, venue TBA
• Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 2 March – Secondary School Provincial Championships, venue TBA
• Saturday 12 March – CGA Sub-youth/Youth/Junior/Under-23 Championships, Germiston Stadium
• Saturday 26 March – GCA Senior Championships, Germiston Stadium

Also make a note of the major national SA Championship meets coming up:
• Thursday 31 March to Saturday 2 April – ASA Sub-youth/Youth/Junior/Under-23 Championships, Coastal venue TBA
• Friday 15 to Saturday 16 April – ASA Senior and Combined Championships, Inland, venue TBA

“We anticipate a very competitive season, especially with the Olympic Games later in 2016,” concludes the CGA press release. “The Track and Field Commission is ready for the gun to fire and let the athletic season begin!”

For more information, contact Central Gauteng Athletics on 011 873 2726 or cgauteng@intekom.co.za.

Hey girls, get your gear ready for the Spar Joberg Challenge

Spring is here, which means it is time for the women of Johannesburg to take to the roads to prepare for the SPAR Women’s 10 kilometre Challenge at the Wanderers Sporting Club on Sunday 11 October.

The 10 kilometre Challenge and the five kilometre Fun Run have become an important part of the Johannesburg’s social running calendar, with thousands of women of all ages, and from all walks of life, taking part.

While Johannesburg cannot boast sparkling sea views, the Sonja Laxton-designed course winds its way through some of the City of Gold’s most beautiful suburbs. The 10 kilometre route takes the runners along Corlett Drive and Oxford Road as far as Riviera Road in Killarney, before zig-zagging back through some of Joburg’s leafiest suburbs. The five kilometre route meanders through the plush suburbs of Illovo, Melrose, Birdhaven and Atholl-Oaklands, giving runners and walkers a chance to peek at some of the most beautiful gardens in Johannesburg.

As always, there are some wonderful prizes on offer, in addition to the substantial cash prizes for the top 10 runners. There is a lucky draw for a SPAR voucher worth R15 000, the very popular Bring-a-Buddy competition, generous offers of computers and equipment for schools with the most entries, but the most exciting of all is that one lucky runner will win a brand new Suzuki Celerio motor car. But everyone is a winner on the day, with medals and goodie bags for the first 15 000 to cross the finish line. The first 15 000 to pre-register for the race will also receive a free race t-shirt.

“Our Women’s Challenge race is very important to us,” said SPAR South Rand marketing director Martin Webber. “We love our elite runners who are vying for Grand Prix points, and making sure that our races are truly competitive, but we believe the most important part of the races are the thousands of women of Joburg who take part just for fun.Women do the bulk of shopping at our stores, and we are very happy to be able to say thank you to them by providing them with a really enjoyable day out.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and proceeds from the Joburg Challenge will go to support awareness of cancers affecting women. Many women who have conquered breast cancer take part in the race every year, proudly sporting their pink ribbons.

The Joburg Challenge will be the final leg of the national five race SPAR Grand Prix series. Already this year races have been run in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Pretoria and the fight is on for the top season ending spot which will be finalized after the race in October.

Leading the Grand Prix is Lebogang Phalula who with a solid Joburg finish should walk away with the R150 000 top prize. However with a bunch of athletes challenging for second place on the Grand Prix leaderboard, nothing is guaranteed until after the Joburg race making the Joburg SPAR Women’s Challenge a race to watch.

There are just a few weeks before the race, but there’s still plenty of time to prepare for it. So jump out of bed, put on your training shoes, and get ready to take part in Joburg’s celebration of Spring.

JOCKEY TRAIL RUN /WALK – FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

There is something special on offer for all levels of fitness at the Jockey Trail Run/Walk which takes place at 6am on Sunday 14 December and officially opens the Annual Umhlanga Summer Festival 2014. If you are seasoned athlete or if you would simply enjoy a pleasant Sunday morning adventure – you are welcome to take part.

Great care has been taken in selecting the route in the 5km, 12km or 18km courses to ensure participants are treated to exceptional views, crossing shallow lagoons, bush and beach. This is not a race it is an experience. The 18km route will take entrants on an exciting new path to a beacon above the Umdloti Village where the outlook is expected to be breath taking.

All participants will receive special T-shirts which have been prepared with love by the ladies at Intaka Yempakamo Co-Operative in Durban. Jockey have been supporting Intaka for many years and offer their services to assist them in running a successful CMT.

Top athletes have already planned lining up at the start and include Thenjiwe Gumede (17) who is SA Cross Country Champion and came 1st in the youth category of the Soweton Marathon this year. Mbhasobni Gumede (17) who finished top 5 in the Soweto Marathon 2014. Lonwabo Mangwa who has many Oceans Marathons and Comrades Marathons under his belt. Lonwabo is the founder of the Inanda Qadi Athletics Club and coaches a lot of the rising stars of KZN.

The Jockey Trail Run will start and finish at the Millennium Stage on Umhlanga’s Main Beach. All refreshments will supported by Brookes, Powerade, GU and Just Juice. Winners will receive Jockey hampers and Jockey will also be donating over R15 000 worth of underwear to designated charities. Runners will be treated to spot prizes.

Garlai Combrinck (Jockey SA Marketing Associate) – “I have personally run and seen the great work the Riverside Trail and Umhlanga Tourism do in organising this Trail Run/Walk. They are sponsoring up to 50 emerging talented runners from around KZN to participate and it has been really super to see how the community can benefit from such a great event .”

On returning to the beach at the end of the course – participants can enjoy a relaxing day watching top South African surfers go head to head at the Lizzard Hurricane Surf Session 2014 where there will be FREE WIFI, further entertainment, zulu dancing and many prizes and exciting give aways for the entire family.

Please contact BUZZ BOLTON on buzz.bolton@liblink.co.za or enter through www.ROAG.co.za.

Falke Spring Trail Run

FALKE SPRING TRAIL RUN
Runners should diarise Sunday, 19 October when the third race in the Falke Trail Run Series will be hosted at L’Avenir Farm. The seasonal runs have proofed to be very popular, so get your entry in to join in the fun as entries will be limited at this new venue.

The first run event on this beautiful wine estate near Stellenbosch, promises to be an enjoyable event with the trail meandering through the vineyards and a flatter course than Dirtopia’s other trail runs against the slopes of Simonsberg.

Registration will start from 06h30 at the venue with the 11km race setting of at 08h15 followed by the 6km at 08h30. Pre enter before 14 October and qualify for a special entry fee of 6km – R70 and 11km – R90. Late entries (taken on event day) will cost 6km – R90 11km – R110. For race details email: info@dirtopia.co.za or visit www.dirtopia.co.za

FALKE LAUNCHES NEW AR2 SILVER RUNNER
Falke continues to push the boundaries of performance technology with the launch of a new Advance Run 2 (AR2) Silver Running sock.

The attention to detail in terms of quality, comfort and product innovation synonymous with the Falke brand, is once again inherent in the new AR2. By using ultrafine hi-tech performance yarns, knitted on high needle count knitting machines the AR2 offers quality, comfort and durability.

Falke’s trademark hand-linked, seamless toe reduces exposure to blisters and silver yarn assist in keeping your feet fresh and dry. Soft elastic arch support in the arch and ankle areas as well as the sensitive cuff and ankle elastication offers stability and support without constriction. The reinforced heel and toe areas with the distinctive fine cushioning ensure lasting durability on an essentially lite product.

Feet will stay cool and dry with the unique Falke Drynamix Moisture Management System that wicks away extra moisture from the skin assisted by specially constructed mesh panels to facilitate ventilation. Advanced Silver Fibre Technology with anti-microbial properties offers fungal protection.

The range is available in sizes 4-7 and 8-12 in White/ Grey, Grey/ Flu Lime, Black/ Blue and Pink selling at R50 per pair from leading retail outlets!