THE Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run, hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency at the Donkin Reserve, is expanding to include a festival of entertainment over the weekend of September 20 and 21.
The Urban Run, now in its fourth year, is a charity sports event that draws participants and spectators to the CBD, as well as raising hundreds of thousands of rands for charity.
The athletes raise donations for nominated charities. Last year’s event raised more than R230000.
The Urban Festival starts at 10am on the Saturday, with Metro Gym’s outdoor aerobics class, open to the public.
This is followed by a dog obedience show, dancing and PE band The Brothers performing before the youngsters (aged 6 to 14) take to the streets for the 3pm Kids Urban Run, with allproceeds going to the Reach for a Dream Foundation. The child raising the most for charity will win a Cycle Pro bicycle and a hamper of Bos products.
On the Sunday the adults tackle the city in a fun 10km obstacle race with 15 obstacles. The 9am start is preceded by the Herald’s Best Dressed competition (8.20am), followed by the participants’ procession to the start line led by the Caledonian Pipe Band. The start will be in three waves, depending on funds raised. First are the Altruists (who have raised more than R500 each) followed by the Rustlers and then the Dawdlers.
All participants are rewarded according to these categories, each receiving a goody bag. The Altruists’ bag includes an Urban Run T-shirt, Herald Urban Run drawstring bag, one-month Herald subscription, a Bos key-ring and access to the VIP Charity Celebrity area. Proceeds go to Leonard Cheshire Disability in Port Elizabeth, comprising Cheshire Home Summerstrand, Cheshire Cleary Park and Khaya Cheshire in Walmer.
The top three philanthropists will receive a two-night stay for two at The Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges four-star Redbourne Country Lodge near Plettenberg Bay and a R200 Pick n Pay gift voucher. The top philanthropist will also win a Storms River Adventures voucher valued at R990. The Urban Run Philanthropist record is held by Salman Ditta, who raised R6500 in 2012, while last year’s Urban Run Philanthropist was Dirk Kotze, who raised R6200.
Yvonne Freestone, of Bos Brands Eastern Cape, said: “We will ensure that all participants are well hydrated along the route and at the finish.”
Entries for this year’s event are limited to 2000. Enter at www.urbanrun.co.za. Entry fees go up on September 1.
The festival will take place from 9am to 5pm on the Saturday and 7am to 2pm on the Sunday, with a beer garden, entertainment and food and craftwork stalls.
Contact the organisers, Zports, on (041)484-7860.