Pretoria, 31 July 2017: There are only five days left until the Pretoria Leg of the 2017 SPAR Women’s Challenge takes place at SuperSport Park. 25 000 runners are expected to attend so get there early and avoid the crowds before race time.
The Pretoria leg of this year’s SPAR Women’s Challenge takes place at Super Sport Park Stadium in Centurion on 5 August with entries for both the 5km and 10km race still available at SuperSport Park this week from 10h00 to 18h00 daily. In the week ahead Super Sport Park Stadium will be a hive of activity as staff prepare for the arrival of the 25 000 participants on the day together vendors, volunteers, staff, entertainment, print and broadcast media and hundreds of spectators. “This event only gets better every year and though we are going to be very busy this week with final preparations, we cannot wait to see the turnout,” says Jerome Jacobs, Marketing Director for SPAR North Rand.
This year SPAR is uniting with the 25 000 runners taking part in the 2017 Pretoria SPAR Women’s Challenge to prove that together there is nothing we cannot do – under this year’s race theme, #BetterTogether.
SPAR’s belief in working together originates from the vision of its Dutch founder, Adriaan van Well. That original sentiment is as relevant today as it was back then – that we can all benefit by working together. “Our belief in working together with the community is founded on the conviction that our customers are our pillars. Working with our customers is incredibly important to us as this enables us to give back to our community – which is what SPAR is all about,” says Jacobs. “One person can make a true difference but together we have the strength and the ability change the lives of those in our community who need us most. The nationwide interest and participation in this race is inspiring and it all comes together when over 25 000 women run side by side on race day as one big, happy SPAR family.”
Irene Homes, one of the beneficiaries of the race has also been very busy, working furiously to pack the 25 000 goodie bags for the race. Estelle van Schoor, CEO of Irene Homes, said that she – and everyone at Irene Homes – is grateful for the fact that SPAR trusts them to carry out this task year after year and for the huge opportunity for people who are intellectually disabled to be able to work on a special project. “The SPAR Women’s Challenge is a positive and powerful event in the lives of many organisations such as Irene Homes as well as many individuals in our community.”
An event of these proportions is impossible to carry off without a little help and that is where SPAR’s crucial race sponsors and partners come into play. SuperSport Park, City of Tshwane, Jacaranda FM, Athletics Gauteng North, Asics, TradeUnipoint, Aquelle, Plush, Mitchum, Danone, Dairymaid, Starke Ayres, Futurelife, Pieman’s, IMS911, Danone, ATKV, The Capital Hotel, Suzuki and the Isigidi Group proudly support the race.
All of these sponsors came together with SPAR to create a great event, not only for the runners, but for those who stand to benefit from the proceeds of the day as well. A percentage of the proceeds of the race will be divided among SPAR’s 2017 race beneficiaries – Jacaranda Good Morning Angels, The Chrysalis Foundation, Irene Homes, The Zoleka Mandela Foundation, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer, Hanna Charity & Empowerment Foundation and Stand With Stan.
All of the SPAR Grand Prix series top runners will be there competing for first place in the second last leg of the series and the chance to move up the ranks in the Grand Prix leader board – with the stakes higher than ever this year as international runners are now eligible to earn points! Several of the runners currently ranking at the top of the leader board will be there to race to first place in the hopes of accumulating more Grand Prix points. Some of the country’s most outstanding runners will be there on race day including Irvette van Zyl, Sonja Laxton, Lebogang Phalula, Charné Bosman, Cornelia Joubert, Rene Kalmer, and Kesa Moletsane – who has been dominating the SPAR Grand Prix leader board so far.
The 2017 brand ambassadors will also be there running right alongside their fans! Showing their support of the race and the beneficiaries are Warrior Ric, Hanna Grobler, Penny Lebyane, Ivan Botha, Donnalee Roberts, Zoleka Mandela, Bouwer Bosch, Lindie Strydom, Charné Bosman, Willem Botha, Sarina Frauenstein, Johrné van Huysteen, Martin Bester, Dianne Broodryk, Morne JK and Paulane Sekepe who will all be there on the day! Also attending will be some of the cast of popular Kyknet series, Binnelanders! Ben Kruger, Je-Ani Swiegelaar, Cindy Swanepoel and Germand Geldenhuys will be at SuperSport Park to meet fans and sign autographs.
SPAR would like all participants and motorists to keep the necessary road closures on the day in mind. There will be road closures in effect on West Street between Lenchen and South, South Street between Thea and the Southern side of Von Willich and between Von Willich and Jean, Lenchen South between West and John Voster, John Voster East Bound between Lenchen South and Olieventhoutbosch, River from Monument to Clifton and Lenchen South from Clifton to West, Centaurus exit/entrance at Olieventhoutbosch from and to Makro, Olieventhoutbosch between John Voster and Jean, Jean between Olieventhoutbosch and Lenchen, and Thea between Leonie and South.
There will be disrupted traffic flow on South Street from Jean to River including Clifton, Amkor, Gem, Opaal and Pretorius; Maroela to Zambesi including Glover and Sonja; Zambesi to Saffier including Jasper; Saffier to Leonie including Toermalien and Limpopo; and Leonie to Thea including Jean Avenue.
Each entrant will receive a medal to signify their completing the challenge and a goodie bag. This year, thanks to SPAR and the race sponsors, the goodie bags are bigger and better than ever. There will also be live entertainment from Jo Black, Majozi, Willem Botha and DJ Jazzy D. Alongside loads of shopping opportunities as well from various stalls, the ever popular lucky draw will see entrants walking away with amazing prizes including a R12 000 SPAR Voucher, a 5 night mid-week getaway at ATKV Klein Kariba worth R12 500 and a week’s vacation at Crystal Springs for 4 people sponsored by TradeUnipoint. Suzuki will also be holding a win-a-car competition – and this year both men and women are eligible to win the car!
Families, corporate groups and friends are encouraged to come and enjoy the day together – bring a picnic basket and make the most of this great event! Race organizers are advising people to arrive early on the day in order to avoid traffic and to find a parking space. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the rules regarding braai’s and bringing in your own food and drink. These can be found on the sparladiespta.co.za website.
For more information, visit www.sparladiespta.co.za. Stay on top of the latest race news, enter exciting competitions and show your support by Liking the SPAR Women’s Challenge Pretoria Facebook Page or following @SPARladiespta on Twitter.