Charity inner city obstacle race excites

2016-07-27 06:00
: Some of last year’s Urban Run participants get to grips with one of the obstacles.       Photo: SUPPLIED

: Some of last year’s Urban Run participants get to grips with one of the obstacles. Photo: SUPPLIED

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PRE-REGISTRATION for the 2016 edition of the Urban Run – Nelson Mandela Bay has been very impressive ahead of this unique Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) backed charity obstacle run through the heart of the Port Elizabeth CBD.

The event is expected to raise over R150 000 for the Northern Area’s Cleary Estate Cheshire Home and the Reach for a Dream Foundation as close on 1 000 participants will be expected to Tackle the City on Saturday, September 10 (Kids Urban Run and MTB Race), and Sunday, September 11 (adult MTB).

This unique event was started in 2011 as a means of bringing communities back to the CBD to witness Urban Renewal and raise money for charity in a fun obstacle run through the city. To date the Urban Run participants have raised over R800 000 for charity and this year the Urban Run event also took place in East London.

Children between the ages of 6-12 years get to tackle a 3km Urban Run route from the Donkin Reserve with around 6 obstacles whilst those 13 years and older tackle an 8km urban route with over 15 obstacles which will see them running past, through, under and over some of the CBD’s historic and newly revamped areas. A 15-20km MTB route through the CBD is also being planned for this year’s event.

As is a tradition of the Urban Run, all participants are required to raise a minimum of R100 for charity with the highest fundraisers being in line for some awesome prizes this year.

Four Batches separate the participants: Dawlers (R100-R149 raised), Rustlers (R150-R249), Beseechers (R250-R499) and Altruists (R500+) with each receiving an increasingly impressive goody bag and this being their start batch on race day (see website for details).

Those qualifying as Altruists this year will receive entry into the Tavcor Auto Sales VIP Zone over race weekend with free snacks, drinks and sports massages.

See www.urbanrun.co.za for online registration and other information on how to be a part of this fun event backed by the MBDA and a host of obstacle and water point sponsors with entertainment sponsored by Caltex Eastern Cape.

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