THE Herald, Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses, and Builders Warehouse will raise funds for Retina South Africa next month as part of their marathon’s annual charity drive.
The Friendly City Marathon will take place from the Fountain Vineyard Church field behind Builders Warehouse on January 25.
Retina SA creates awareness for thousands of South African children who are losing their vision due to genetic blinding conditions.
Achilles Club and Retina SA are appealing to runners and walkers to help make the dream of restoring vision to children a reality by supporting the Run 4 Retina Charity Challenge, which will take place the weekend before the marathon.
“We have invited teams to participate in a fun twin treadmill marathon at Builders Warehouse on Saturday January 18 and would like to encourage the public to support this good cause,” Achilles race director Alan Taylor said.
Teams will appeal for sponsorship of R25 per kilometre run and the Achilles Club has committed to matching the sum raised on the day for Retina SA.
Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses, which is sponsoring the event for the second consecutive year, will provide a comfortable mattress for tired teammates to rest on between running sessions.
New title sponsor Chris Carthew, of Builders Warehouse, will enter a corporate team to take part in the Run 4 Retina Charity Challenge.
Carthew’s team will be joined by the Ironman Triangle Sports team, the Charlo Club team, and the Bukani Print team.
Fountain Vineyard Church, the venue which will be hosting the marathon’s new start and finish, will sell a range of refreshments, from bacon and egg rolls to pancakes, coffee, curry bunnies and boerewors rolls, to raise funds for its outreach projects, namely Mihlali Haven, Endinako and Elukholweni Farm School.
Taylor said: “The new 5km route is a safe, easy route through the scenic streets of upper Walmer Heights.
“The 5km route covers no main traffic crossings and is ideally designed for families, prams and pets.”
Taylor confirmed that the event would include a 42.2km marathon to cater for distance runners, a 10km race for athletes wanting to improve their times and a 5km fun run/walk.
The Friendly City Marathon offers runners a great incentive to participate next month – the first 500 entrants to collect their entry at the Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses store on the evening of Friday January 24 will receive a free T-shirt and there will be lucky draw prizes valued at more than R40000 to be won after the Saturday event.
In addition, the first 500 finishers in the marathon and the first 500 in the 10km and 5km events will receive medals.
The participation league marathon has a cut-off time of 5½ hours.
The 10km has a cut-off on one hour 40 minutes.
Runners will line up for the marathon at 5am, for the 10km event at 6.30am and for the 5km event at 8.30am.
The cost is R85 for the marathon, R40 for the 10km and R25 for the 5km corporate challenge and fun run.
A temporary licence for the marathon and 10km is R25.
Marathon runners aged 65 years and over will only pay 50% of the race fee.
Entry forms are available from Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses, Builders Warehouse, Brian Bands and major sports stores. For more info, go to www.achilles.co.za and www.theherald.co.za or contact Alan Taylor on 083-658-0050.