Women’s race capped at 4?000

2015-08-12 06:00

PIETERMARITZBURG hosts the Spar Women’s Race on 23 August with the numbers­ for the event capped at 4 000.

So far about 1 000 entries have been received, race organiser Brad Glasspoole said, terming it “a very positive sign”.

The 2014 event drew 3 800 entrants, with Rene Kalmer capturing the 10km win in 35:24.

While some of the Spar Women’s races around the country feature bigger fields, Glasspoole said the decision to restrict the numbers for the Pietermaritzburg event was focused on making it a great experience for participants.

“It’s a logistical thing. It’s not a numbers game for us. We don’t want to be the biggest. We want to have the happiest competitors.”

Glasspoole said that the current race route allows for the five kilometre and 10km races to start together. If the numbers were boosted, one of two things would have to be done - one, change the route, or two, change the starting times for the five and 10km races.

Currently only online entries are accepted. Credit card payments need to be received by Sunday, 16 August, while EFTs must be done by Wednesday, 12 August.

Manual entries will be taken at registration (subject to the 4 000 limit not having been reached), with cash, credit and debit cards being accepted. Registration takes place at The Oval Cricket stadium in Alexandra Park on Friday, 21 August, from 10am to 5pm, and on Saturday, 22 August from 10am to 3pm.

Groups of 10 or more can e-mail bulk@spar womensrace.co.za and will then receive a spreadsheet, which will make entering easier and quicker, and Time Freight will deliver goodie bags directly to those groups’ co-ordinators.

Finishers will receive a free breakfast pack. Two rand of each entry will be donated to Childhood Cancer Foundation, PMB. Last year, R10 200 was raised for the organisation

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