Festive road race for the weekend

2008-12-19 00:00

The local road-running scene winds down this Sunday with the traditional Durban Athletic Club (DAC) Calder Cup and Sulin Trophy 10 km races.

The Calder Cup has a long history and commemorates the contribution of Bob Calder to the Durban Athletic Club, which is now in its 129th year, making it the oldest in South Africa. Arrangements are already under way to ensure that next year’s event is something special for the race’s 130th anniversary.

Sunday’s race will be a two-lap route held on NMR Avenue between Jacko Jackson and Somtseu roads. The course allows runners to watch each other’s progress and is as flat as one can get in any race of this distance outside a track.

Because of the use of NMR Avenue, runners are advised to access Kings Park either from Umgeni Road, or from the M4 northbound at the swimming pool. Entries at a cost of R25 will be taken on the morning of the race from 5 am. However, it is advisable to pre-enter (R25) at Kings Park on Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm as this race attracts a large field with many festive visitors from around the country coming in search of personal best times on this fast, flat course.

Every finisher receives a T-shirt, while the three lead performers in all age categories earn prize money and there is an award for the first open club team of three.

The generous cutoff time makes this an ideal event for walkers with the top five men and women also taking away a slice of the spoils.

This is truly a festive family event, with children able to participate in a 400 m race around the track. There is also the traditional Beer Drinkers’ Sprint for teams of four just prior to prize giving. This requires each runner to down a can of beer before a blurry gallop around the lap to hand over to the next runner. This event has become a firm favourite, both with the runners and the spectators, who cheer aspirant track athletes on.

In addition to the formal prizes, there are a number of lucky draw prizes, including a voucher for a pair of shoes from the Durban Runner Group in Glenwood.

For more information, phone Kitty Konar at 082 768 0738.

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