More than R1.7 million will be on offer in this year’s edition of the Spar Grand Prix series, the organisers of the popular women’s race announced at its launch on Tuesday.
It was also confirmed that the Mpumalanga capital Mbombela had replaced Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, as the new entry on the grand prix calendar.
The six-race event will take off in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, on May 28 and finish in Cape Town on October 23.
The money count will start with the winner at each of the six races bagging R30 000.
ASA president James Moloi said:
The addition of Mbombela is seen as an advantage for the runners as the lowveld city is known for its warm winter weather and low altitude. These conditions could prompt faster times.
The organisers also announced a new partner – eyewear, timewear and personal accessories brand Superfine, which will give out vouchers and sponsor all category winners at the end of the season.
Entries for each race will be restricted to 500 runners, who will compete in the open; junior; 40 to 49 years; 50 to 59 years; and 60-plus years categories.
Points will be awarded to the first 20 runners in the open category, with 20 points for the winner and one for the 20th-placed runner.
Last year’s series was clinched by Ethiopian national Tadu Nare, who won all the six races.
May 28: Gqeberha
June 26: Durban
July 16: Mbombela
August 6: Tshwane
October 2: Johannesburg
October 23: Cape Town