Increasing support for stadium night relay

2016-06-22 06:00

SUPPORT is growing for the monthly Town Lodge Business Night Relay which takes place on the last Tuesday of the month at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with round 2 just under a week away.

Open to 5-person running teams and 3-person walking teams, the Town Lodge Night Relay offers local businesses and sports teams a great opportunity to stay active during winter and socialise outside of the workplace.

The event offers a unique team building opportunity which is useful for breaking down barriers between individuals through fun group participants and building your team morale in the work place.

A lot of the companies taking part in this year’s event have entered both walking and running teams with the current split between the two categories being 60:40 in favour of the run teams with a very healthy contingent of walking teams.

The next round of the Town Lodge Night Relay takes place on Tuesday, June 28, starting at 6pm with gates into the stadium opening at 4pm for the teams.

Online registration for all new teams is mandatory with an entry fee of just R500 per running team and R300 per walking team.

All companies and teams that registered for round 1 just indicate their attendance for Round 2 by making an EFT payment for Round 2 entry fees ahead of the Tuesday. Pre-registered teams keep the same race number throughout the Series.

Series leaders, and champions for the past couple of years, the Gamble Pharmacy team will take some beating this year with their strongest opposition currently coming from their mixed team whom they just managed to pip in Round 1 by a couple of seconds.

In the walking category the social team from Bluewater Bay are currently in a class of their own and it’s going to take a group of serious walkers to challenge them.

This unique Series held in Nelson Mandela Bay sees each runner or walker having to complete a 3.5km route within the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium which sees participants running completely around the stadium on both levels 2 and 5 offering an awesome view of this iconic venue.

The route has just a brief 100m section along Prince Alfred Road which sees participants leaving the secure gates of the stadium and this section is patrolled by Atlas Security for participants’ peace of mind whilst inside the stadium no fewer than 20 marshals and security officers are along the route which on this round will also include a half-way water station.

Go to for online registration

Train race entries opening soon

The iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race returns to Port Elizabeth on Sunday, October 2, with early bird entries opening on July 1 with a one-week discounted entry offering.

Man versus Machine has always been one of the most popular and exciting concepts around the world and the Train Race is no exception with over 300 teams anticipated in 2016 with the race having been moved to October to celebrate transport Month and to highlight the still popular Metrorail service which runs between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage on a daily basis.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race, in support of city-based charity Love Story, is open to teams of 5 runners and 1 MTB cyclist as the 6-person teams race against a Metrorail train over the 40km distance between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage Stations.

This year the event will also be open to individuals who are keen to tackle this biathlon race on their own.

Whether taking part in a corporate, club, social or schools team, the event is all about getting active and coming and having some great fun with friends, colleagues and family.

Always a popular outing, tickets for the train passengers for the event will also be going on sale at just R60 per person. Traditionally the 700 tickets available on the train sell out quickly.

This year a Kids Zone area will be in effect at the Uitenhage station to entertain the many young children that attend.

For further info on the Train Race see

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