Gugs runners get trail entries

2017-07-27 06:02
Simphiwe Wellem won the Hewat 50km race on Sunday in 7h;42m 26 seconds.

Simphiwe Wellem won the Hewat 50km race on Sunday in 7h;42m 26 seconds.

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The RCS Group (RCS), South Africa’s most prominent and innovative financial services provider in the retail credit market, is the exclusive title sponsor for the sixth annual SOX 3-Day Stage Trail Race, which takes place on 5 to 7 August 2017 along the Garden Route.

The SOX 3-Day Trail is widely considered the most diverse 3-Day Trail run in South Africa. The majority of the race takes place in South Africa National Parks protected property along the south-eastern Cape coast, taking in mountains, indigenous forest trails and the coastline.

RCS CEO Regan Adams, who is a keen runner himself and recently completed the Two Oceans Ultra marathon, said :

“Up until now, RCS has focused mainly on road running with events such as the RCS Gugs Race, so trail running is a natural progression for us.”

RCS, which is owned by BNP Paribas, one of the largest banks in Europe, believes in enabling the lifestyles of their clients by providing credit solutions which include cards, loans and insurance. As a provider of credit and insurance solutions, RCS prides itself on offering convenience and peace of mind that affords its clients the luxury of enjoying all the adventures that life offers as well as pursuing their individual goals.

“RCS has always had a strong connection with our community at large, but more specifically, the running community,” adds Adams. “We have a long-standing relationship with the Gugulethu Athletics Club, which encourages running in disadvantaged communities.

“This means that we understand the importance of staying active and connecting with nature. And what better way to do this than with South Africa’s most beautiful 3-day trail run?”

The SOX 3-Day Stage Trail Race features three unique routes. Day 1 takes place in the Outeniqua Mountains. Day 2 follows beautiful trails through indigenous forest, and Day 3 finishes off with a rugged “on-the-edge” coastline run, which includes a brief beach run and an exciting 60m floating bridge across the Touw River.

“We’ve even been able to invite some of our Gugulethu Athletics Club members to Knysna and expand their running experience,” says Adams. RCS is

sponsoring four athletes – Peter Tsawayo, Cockeka Qomiyana, Nceba Mabulu and Imran Paya – to participate in the event. “That’s what we’re about; making things possible for people,” he adds.

RCS also sponsors the annual RCS Gugs Race which takes place each year on 16 December, the Day of Reconciliation, and is also organized by the Gugulethu Athletics Club. The RCS Gugs Race is a one-of-a-kind event for the province and an ideal platform to celebrate the common bond of humanity between all South Africans.

The SOX 3-Day Trail starts on 5 August and concludes with a prize giving ceremony on 7 August. This year, the race includes a ‘lite’ (20km, 15km 20km) option so that less experienced runners are also able to enjoy the race.

To find out more about the race and how to register, visit:


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