Spar Ladies’ race will be starting outside the beautiful moses mabhida stadium

2010-07-15 00:00

TWENTY years of fun-filled road running will be celebrated by the participants of this year’s Durban Spar Ladies’ Race, which fittingly will be using the Moses Mabhida Stadium complex for the start and finish of the 2010 edition.

The race, which has become an icon on the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics fixture list, has been moved back from the original August 1 date to August 29 to allow for longer organisational time after the World Cup and to align with the Chesterville Athletic Club race date.

This year the Spar sponsorship has taken on a more holistic and far-reaching impact on local athletics, with their commitment to the club that henceforth will be known as the Spar Chesterville Athletic Club (SCAC) and will benefit not only from new branded kit, but also financial support for a range of projects aimed to assist the development of the club.

The race and development project has the full support and partnership of the City of Durban and sees the return of sponsors East Coast Radio and the Mercury, who were lost to the sport when the event was organised by the KZNA office.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with the City of Durban for this event. It is a major KZN event, which attracts many visitors,” said Spar KZN MD Rob Philipson. “[The Spar Chesterville Athletic Club] is an historic club, with an enthusiastic and inspired committee who are eager to develop more runners of standing in the city.”

Philipson’s enthusiasm for the event was echoed by eThekweni Mayor Obed Mlaba.

“Following on our success in hosting the Fifa World Cup Soccer we have shown the world what we are capable of. This and the promises of a possible Olympic bid means that we are now more determined than ever to promote the city as Africa’s sports capital,” Mlaba said.

“We are really pleased to be a partner in this event, which is also one of the first big events to make use of the People’s Park, a place for our community.”

The flat, fast beachfront course has been amended to start outside the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, and finish at the brand new People’s Park, giving participants the opportunity to be some of the first to use these facilities outside the World Cup.

As in previous years, both a 10 km and 5 km distance will be on offer, with substantial prize money for the leading senior and age category 10 km runners. In addition, every finisher will receive a breakfast pack after crossing the finish line.

With the wide open traffic-free roads and the opportunity of running next to the Indian Ocean, it is not surprising that many consider the Durban leg of the Spar series to be the most beautiful, and it is expected that the new 2010 stadium venue will contributed to previous numbers being exceeded.

This year the total number of participants will be limited to 15 000 runners and registration will be closed once these places have been taken, so the message from the organisers has been to enter early and certainly before the August 24 cutoff date.

In a move to make the race more technically efficient, Mr Price will be providing chip timing to the 10 km participants and entries to the race will be handled directly through a network of Spar outlets in addition to the online facilities on www.spar.co.za.

Participants will be required to collect their race numbers and information from Suncoast Casino on Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28 and the 10 km race will commence at 9 am on Sunday morning with the 5 km going under the gun at 9.45 am.

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