Freedom Day race to showcase Bridgetown

2018-04-17 06:00
The title sponsor for the Casuarina Nantes Freedom to Run taking place on 27 April was announced at a press conference Thursday evening at the Vangate Sports Complex. From left are Leon Hendricks (Nantes AC race director), sponsor Anthony Abrahams (Casuarina Wellness Centre) and Caroline Peters (founder and chairperson of Nantes AC). PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

The title sponsor for the Casuarina Nantes Freedom to Run taking place on 27 April was announced at a press conference Thursday evening at the Vangate Sports Complex. From left are Leon Hendricks (Nantes AC race director), sponsor Anthony Abrahams (Casuarina Wellness Centre) and Caroline Peters (founder and chairperson of Nantes AC). PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years. They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike. Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00. The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed). Athletes over 70 pay R20.

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood­. But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront. The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The race is set to take place on Friday 27 April and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk. Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on Saturdays 14 and 21 April. It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00. The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed).

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years. They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike. Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00. The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed). Athletes over 70 pay R20.

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years.

They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike.

Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00.

The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed).

Athletes over 70 pay R20.

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years. They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike. Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00. The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed). Athletes over 70 pay R20.

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years. They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike. Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00. The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed). Athletes over 70 pay R20.

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years. They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike. Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00.

The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run.

Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed).

Athletes over 70 pay R20.

Many have a perception of Bridgetown as an area to be wary of and would think twice about going for a run in the Athlone neighbourhood.

But Nantes Athletics Club is slowly banishing stereotypes, proving that a healthy lifestyle transcends location.

Locals can identify the running club by their bright green athletics attire, which founder Caroline Peters says was chosen to symbolise a new beginning and because “we wanted you to see us coming”.

Peters says it wasn’t always easy trying to get people to take her vision seriously, but she has slowly changed the mindset of the male-dominated running world.

Nantes’ gumption paid off when it took the risk to host its first race in 2016 as the club was still in its infant phase – with just two years under its belt at the time. “In 2016, we had our first Freedom to Run Challenge and won an award for the race of the month. It was a risk for Nantes because we had only started the club in 2014, but it paid off. As the only club with a female chair, I knew I needed to make waves,” says Peters.

An exciting new addition to the annual Freedom Day race is the sponsor Casuarina Wellness Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront.

The partnership was announced last week and owner Anthony Abrahams couldn’t hide his excitement as he addressed the sea of green.

“In our (Casuarina’s) 10th year this is our way of giving back. If God gives the vision he will make the provision.”

Leon Hendricks, who is one of many behind the scenes working out the logistics, says that the club is mindful of the water crisis. “Everything is on track – we are even bringing in water from Caledon to make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible.”

The club, which was started by “a few overweight people in the community”, has flourished in its four years.

They have managed to host a race with one of the fastest routes, and according to Peters, although many are wary of coming into the area, the club has never had a single incident.

“Everyone feels the love when they come here. Bridgetown knows how to make people feel welcome. We are a club started with humble intentions, aiming to change our lifestyles and striving to become the best,” adds Peters.

The race is set to take place on 27 April 2018 and will feature a 5km fun run, 10km run and 10km walk – catering to avid runners and novices alike.

Registration for the race will take place inside Vangate Mall on 14 April from 10:00 to 11:00 and on 21 April from 10:00 to 14:00.

It will also be possible to register on the day, from 05:15 to 07:00.

The entry fee for adults is R50 for licensed athletes, R85 for unlicensed athletes and R20 for the 5km fun run. Juniors pay R30 (licensed) and R50 (unlicensed).

Athletes over 70 pay R20.

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