Gugs brace itself for runners

2019-06-13 06:00
Hundreds of runners are ready to hit the road at the starting point of last year’s race.

Hundreds of runners are ready to hit the road at the starting point of last year’s race.

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Running enthusiasts from around Cape Town will descend on Gugulethu on Sunday 16 June for this year’s edition of the Gugs RCS Youth Day race.

The annual event on the Gugulethu calendar celebrates the youth and the significant role played by young South Africans in the country’s future.

Gugulethu Athletics Club chairman and race organiser Aubrey Shoko says one of the best things about the event is how it brings the people of Cape Town together while creating opportunities for the community, in particular, the youth.

The race, which includes a 10km road race as well as a 4.2km fun run, kicks off at 07:00 at the NY 49 Stadium.

“The route is designed to connect Gugulethu to surrounding areas and offers runners and their supporters a fun-filled day where everyone can be involved and get active. The proceeds from the event are ploughed directly back into the athletics club where specific programmes are developed to uplift the young people living in Gugulethu,” says Shoko.

He says that the club uses local product and service providers wherever possible while organising the event so that the community benefits financially from the race.

Avid runner and chief executive officer (CEO) of RCS Regan Adams says the company is proud of its long-standing relationship with the Gugulethu Athletics Club.

“Sport and running make things possible for people to rise above their circumstances and achieve their full potential. The club’s role in the community and it’s support of athletics has been instrumental in effecting significant upliftment of the youth in Gugulethu, and we are proud to have contributed to their success over the years”, says Adams.

Entry fees range from R30 for a junior runner participating in the 4.2km fun run, to R100 for an unlicensed senior running the 10km race. Entries close today. For more information visit www.entrytime.com.

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