AFTER taking its first tentative steps two years ago, the Spar Little Ladies Race is returning on May 1 as the “little sister” race catering for girls younger than nine years as a curtain raiser to the main women’s race on Saturday, May 9, at Pollok Beach.
According to Spar Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart, the 2.5km challenge was introduced so that little ones could also participate and experience some of the fun of the 5km and 10km feature events.
“It has given little ladies an opportunity to participate in an event that promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle from a young age.”
While the race was not widely publicised, he said it had proved immensely popular since its introduction.
“This event has never been advertised, it has only been through word of mouth that we have received hundreds of entries and it is amazing to see how competitive the little ones are. They are so enthusiastic and really look forward to a fun day out.”
Swart said moms could run alongside their children and keep an eye on them.
This year the Little Ladies Race will have its own charitable beneficiary, Cupcakes of Hope, which aims to raise awareness and funds for the early detection of childhood cancers. Entries for the Spar Little Ladies Race closed yesterday but are still open for the Spar Women’s Challenge.