Record attendance expected at Night Relay finale

2016-08-24 06:00

THE last of the 2016 Town Lodge Business Night Relay events will be taking place on Tuesday, August 30, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, starting at 6pm.

Nelson Mandela Bay’s unique Business Night Relay has been well supported this winter and will be looking for a record attendance of running and walking teams come Tuesday evening.

No other event in the country offers such a fun corporate team building opportunity in the settings of an iconic 2010 legacy stadium.

This will be the final opportunity to get your company, social or sports teams together in teams of 5 runners or 3 walkers to come and take part in this event which sees all participants completing a fast 3.5km secure route within the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium premises.

Gates open from 4pm for late registration and the collection of teams’ batons and race numbers. Racing kicks off at 6pm and is followed by the popular prize giving at 8pm offering over R20 000 in lucky draw prizes including R1 000 cash, a R3 500 pair of Asics running shoes and accommodation at any countrywide Town Lodge.

The 2016 Town Lodge Business Night Relay is enjoying the second year of a 3-year sponsorship deal with the City Lodge Hotels Group and is hosted by Access Management at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

This year’s support sponsors are BOS Sport, Caltex Eastern Cape, Oracle Media for the social media support, Quality on Demand Management for the lighting, ESS Medical for all the medical support, Dynamic Express Services and Atlas Security.

Registration for the final round is possible and available on The cost is R500 per running team of 5 or R300 per walking team of 3. Online registration portal offers both Card and EFT payment options.

Train race heading for a sell-out

The Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race has received an above average number of entries at this early stage and would appear to be on track for a sell-out of 300 teams and a train packed with over 700 spectators.

The Train Race, a unique Man vs Machine fun Duathlon style relay race for Teams of 5 runners and 1 MTB cyclist or Individuals, takes place in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday 2nd October against a Metrorail Rail run by PRASA between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage Stations.

Limited to just 300 teams, the race could well see a sell-out before the end of September and local companies and schools are encouraged to secure their entries soonest.

To assist, the organisers are calling for the details of one team representative and team name(s) at this stage so that companies, schools, club or social teams are able to book their spots without having had the chance to finalise their team composition.

The introduction of the MTB leg between Swartkops and Perseverance has proven to be a great success and ensures a further 30% of the race route is alongside the railway tracks and in sight of the train.

The 38kms of the race are broken into 6 stages with each stage ending at a sponsored change over area with no fewer than 6 water tables along the route.

Stage 1 is a flat 5km run from PE Station to the Caltex change over point opposite Sydenham Station; stage 2 is the shortest leg at 3.5kms and takes runners to the Discovery Consulting Services change over in Deal Party just passed New Brighton Station; stage 3 is a 4.5km run through to the Town Lodge change over area on the Strand in Swartkops before the MTB Cyclists take over for stage 4 to cycle to Perseverance.

Stage 5 is a mixture of trail and road running to take teams to the Bidvest Car Rental change over stage at Despatch Station before the final runner takes over to complete an 8km run to the Uitenhage Station which will feature a festival of activity including a Kids’ Play Zone, Castle Lite Beer Garden and supplied braai facilities (regret no open fires permitted by teams or visitors).

Further information, team registration and Spectator train tickets are all available on

Over 80% of the allocated 700 train tickets have already been sold and soonest purchase at R60 per person is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The Train Race, backed by Powerade, Dynamic Express Services, the Kelston Motor Group and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, supports local charity Love Story, the Redhouse Benevolent Society and the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise.

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