Monday, 29 April 2013


Aïda Properties Polokwane will host its second road race on Friday, 27 April. The race, approved by Athletics South Africa and organised in collaboration with Run/Walk For Life, will give serious athletes an opportunity to warm up for the Comrades on 2 June and social runners the chance to flex their muscles.

“And even those not-so-fit athletes will be able to enjoy the day on a 5km fun run or walk,” says Anton Hanekom, owner of the local Aïda franchise.

This year's race will include a 15km course and at least 500 athletes are expected to turn up at the starting point at Aïda's office in Schoeman Street, which will also serve as the finishing line. A 10km run and the 5km run/walk have been retained to make family participation possible. The starting gun will sound at 07h30 sharp.

Prize money to the value of R7000 is up for grabs and winners and runners-up in the various categories will also be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. The categories are: juniors (16 to 19 years old), open (20 to 39), veterans (40 to 49), masters (50 to 59), and grand masters (60 plus).

Entry fees for the 5km fun run are R25, while athletes in the 10km road race can enter for a R30 fee and those in the 15km race for a R40 fee. Temporary licenses for athletes who are not members of an athletics club and who enter the 10km and 15km races can be obtained for R25.

Other local businesses are once again on board for the event and will market their brands along the race route. Hanekom says businesses are also invited to man watering points. "It is a great opportunity to share in a community event, while showcasing their own brands. Other estate agencies are also invited to take part as a team and in their own colours.”

Aïda staff will be out in full force to man the watering point at the starting and finishing line and will set up a food and beverage stand for the hungry and thirsty. To add to the festive carnival atmosphere a DJ will entertain the crowds with lively music.

Hanekom says a total of 450 athletes participated last year and the event was a resounding success, with local residents turning out in force to encourage the athletes. "And this year, we’re certain we are going to cap that!"

For more information, Hanekom can be contacted on 082 443 6039

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