It’s time to hit the Port Elizabeth CBD for a charity event with a difference – one that is focused less on speed and more, way more, on camaraderie and fun.
New life is being breathed into inner city areas around South Africa, and the Urban Run does its bit to bring a sense of energy and excitement into the mix. The Bay’s turn is today and tomorrow at the Donkin Reserve in the CBD, and there are four events to keep participants, and spectators, entertained all weekend long.
With this year’s edition hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency, which has done much to revive the inner city, the Urban Run programme kicks off with a one-hour Metro Gym outdoor aerobics class at 9am today. Entry is free.
Then, at 3pm, the Kids Urban Run takes place along a 3km route. The Urban MTB Race, a new addition to the programme, is hosted by mountain bike racing specialists Mountain Events at 4pm along a 12km route.
The main Urban Run takes place tomorrow at 9am and is essentially an obstacle run along an 8km urban route.
Michael Zoetmulder, Zsports Events, says it is too late to register for the paid events, but supporters are welcome as they are in for a thrilling time.
The event awakens the philanthropist in ordinary people, since all entrants are required to raise at least R100 (over and above their entry fee) for the cause by seeking donations from colleagues, friends and family in the build-up to the event. This year’s beneficiaries are Cleary Estate Cheshire Home and the Reach for a Dream foundation.
The weekend’s performers, sponsored by Caltex Eastern Cape, are magician Brendon Peel for the Kids Urban Run, and comedian Gino Fabbri for the Sunday Urban Run. Local musician Joe van der Linden will also play on the Coca-Cola stage on both days.
A Castle Lite Beer Garden, food and craft vendors and a Rotary Kids Zone will be available to keep spectators busy all weekend. Entry into the Kids Zone is a R30 charity donation per day with inflatable equipment on offer under the supervision of the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise.