Friendly City Marathon to assist Retina SA

2017-01-18 06:01
Team Achilles took the honours at last year’s Run 4 Retina event as the fastest team for running the furthest distance in their 60 minutes.                                          Photo: SUPPLIED

Team Achilles took the honours at last year’s Run 4 Retina event as the fastest team for running the furthest distance in their 60 minutes. Photo: SUPPLIED

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DIE Burger, Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses, and Builders Warehouse have teamed up and will be raising funds for Retina South Africa on January 22, as part of their marathon’s annual charity drive.

The annual Friendly City Marathon will take place from the Fountain Vineyard Church field, behind Builders Warehouse, on January 28.

Retina SA creates awareness for thousands of South African children who are losing their vision due to genetic blinding conditions.

Generous sponsor, Builders Warehouse, will once again host the “Run 4 Retina” Charity Challenge.

“We hope that the Port Elizabeth public will support Retina SA’s fund-raising initiative, as well as the Friendly City Marathon,” said Chris Carthew, general manager of Builders Warehouse.

Twelve teams will be taking on the charity challenge on four treadmills sponsored by Viva Gym in store at Builders Warehouse.

Kingfisher FM will be motivating the teams and encouraging shopper support from 10am to 1pm onsite with their mobile music DJ and live radio crossings. Builders Warehouse will be entering their own team to challenge running clubs and corporate teams.

Fantastic prizes valued at over R15 000, including outdoor braais, paint and tools, will be sponsored by Builders Warehouse, who together with Rafi’s and Adidas will ensure that all participating runners will be able to win lucky draw prizes valued at over R40 000 at the prize giving after the Friendly City Marathon event.

The safe and accessible Friendly City Marathon route, which starts from the Fountain Vineyard Church field behind Builders Warehouse, will appeal to all levels of runners, from the long distance to the fun runner.

Die Burger, Rafi’s, Builders Warehouse Friendly City Marathon includes a 42.2km marathon, starting at 5am, a 10km race starting at 6am and a 5km fun walk/run starting at 7.30am.

Runners will be able to enjoy a family experience with the Fountain Vineyard Church, who will be selling a range of refreshments, as well as providing a fun play area for kids.

Pre-race registration will take place at Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses in Newton Park on Friday evening, January 27, from 5pm to 7pm and the first 450 marathon entrants and first 100 10km entrants will receive free t-shirts.

The cost is R120 for the marathon, R50 for the 10km and R30 for 5km fun walk/run. The temporary licence for the marathon and 10km is R30.

Marathon runners aged 65 years and older will only pay 50% of race fee, i.e. R60.

Entry forms are available from Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses, Builders Warehouse, Brian Bands and major sports stores.

For more info, go to or contact Bob Stedman on 082 900 3556.

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