THE annual Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run and Festival, which takes place on September 14-15, will help to boost the city’s Tourism Month, with thousands of participants and spectators being drawn to the city centre to witness this unique event.
The success of the past two years – as evidenced by feedback from all quarters regarding the quality of organisation, great entertainment and most importantly the exposure of the rejuvenated parts of the city – has ensured the Mandela Bay Development Agency’s (MBDA) support for this year with plans to consider an even longer term partnership of the festival.
“As the MBDA, we applaud visionary entrepreneurs such as Michael Zoetmulder of Zports and others who see these opportunities and capitalise on them,” MBDA spokesman Luvuyo Bangazi said..
“It is the objective of the MBDA to stimulate and support ideas like the Urban Run in all the areas the agency is developing, such as Kings Beach, Singaphi Road, Helenvale and Baakens Valley.”
The Urban Run is a fun 10km untimed obstacle course, with a 2km version for children, run through the heart of the city. Being one of the few uniquely urban obstacle course events in the world, it attracts participation from around the Eastern Cape.
“We encourage everyone – families, corporates, churches and basically anyone who lives or works in and around Nelson Mandela Bay – to put their entries through quickly before they’re sold out,” Bangazi said.
The festival programme starts on the Saturday at the iconic Donkin Reserve which is an integral part of the popular Route 67, with a number of new and exciting activities including live music by top local entertainers and radio personalities. African Drumbeat will provide interactive music and entertainment throughout the festival while the Rotary Club of PE Sunrise will host a fantastic Kids’ Zone.
The kids’ urban race takes place at 3pm on the Saturday afternoon with the feature race on the Sunday.
Visit the Urban Run website (www.urbanrun.co.za) for online entries and further information, or get entry forms at Brian Bands Sports in Newton Park, News Cafe at the Boardwalk or Zports (041) 484-7860.