The city came alive yesterday morning as more than 700 runners tackled the city for charity in the annual Urban Run hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA).
A fanfare of activity on the Donkin Reserve greeted participants and spectators as entertainer Gino Fabbri warmed up the masses before the race got under way with newly elected metro mayor Athol Trollip firing the starting gun.
This fun charity event, which requires all participants to raise a minimum of R100 for the nominated charities, raised more than R140 000 for charity with Amanda de Ridder claiming the Philanthropist trophy for raising R9 500.
Cleary Estate Cheshire Home in the northern areas was the charity for the adult Urban Run and Urban MTB races while the Reach for a Dream Foundation was the beneficiary of the Kids Urban Run.
“It was another fantastic Urban Run which is so easy to set in Port Elizabeth given the backdrop of the upsurge in Urban Renewal which is taking place,” race organiser Mike Zoetmulder, of Zsports Events NPC, said.
“It was most fitting to have Mayor Trollip starting the race and MBDA chief executive Pierre Voges saying a couple of words at the prize giving.
“More than ever you can feel the renewed energy and interest in the CBD and this is what our Urban Run is all about – bringing the citizens back to the heart of the historic city to witness the urban renewal whilst making a massive difference in the lives of those less fortunate.”
Yesterday’s race took the participants through 8.5km of the historic city centre with participants having to tackle no fewer than 24 obstacles and 5 Powerade drink stations.
Each of the obstacles was sponsored by supporting companies with the National Ports Authority winning the Best Obstacle Trophy and Cheshire Homes, for the second year running, the best Hydration Station.
Obstacles ranged from climbing into Fort Frederick, sliding down slopes, using monkey bars to climb over Baakens River, being sprayed by the harbour fire department and running through historic buildings like the Tramways, Feathermarket Hall and the Opera House.
Pictures and videos from the event are on the Urban Run Facebook page with results from the weekend available on the event website www.urbanrun.co.za