AFTER the course record was broken in the opening leg, teams in the Investec Night Relay series will aim to set the bar even higher when the starter pistol fires for the second race in Port Elizabeth tomorrow night.
According to organiser Michael Zoetmulder, of Zports Event Management, there has been a marked increase in interest and entries following the success of round one.
“There are a number of corporate teams who are keen to give defending champions Gamble Pharmacy a run for their money,” Zoetmulder said.
Last month, the 2012 winners set a record time of 1:04:56 for the 21km relay with the help of Uitenhage-born Olympic marathon runner Lusapho April.
Zoetmulder said he had seen a growth in the number of running teams, with the field now split 60:40 between runners and walkers. “Although we have a strong competitive element, most of the teams are social athletes who are out to have fun.”
Investec Specialist Bank regional manager Cumesh Moodliar said Investec had eight teams taking part, and that they were looking forward to the event. “We encourage our colleagues in the business community to take up the challenge and join us.”
Runners complete five 4.2km laps around the North End Lake, while the walkers do three. Zoetmulder said there would be floating trophies and gold medals for the category winners, as well as lucky draw prizes.
There would be live music and a beer garden, in aid of the Rotary Club of PE Sunrise, he said.
All new teams are required to register online before tomorrow morning.
“Teams that took part in round one don’t need to re-register. They will keep their series number and just pay the entry fee ahead of round two to indicate they will be taking part.”
Late entries will be accepted at registration – from 4.30pm tomorrow – at an additional cost of R50 a team. Racing starts at 6pm.
The final race is on May 2.