Last chance to register for Bay Train Race

FUN FOR ALL: A festival atmosphere will await teams on arrival at the Uitenhage station on Sunday morning Picture: Supplied
FUN FOR ALL: A festival atmosphere will await teams on arrival at the Uitenhage station on Sunday morning
Picture: Supplied

Tomorrow is the last chance to register for the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race which takes place on Sunday morning, starting from the Port Elizabeth station at 9am.

More than 150 teams are already registered to take on the Metrorail train, packed with 700 passengers, across the 38km route between the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage stations.

Teams will comprise five runners and one mountain bike cyclist.

“We are excited to bring the third edition of the Train Race back to Nelson Mandela Bay,” Mike Zoetmulder of Zsports Events NPC, the most active non-profit sports management firm in the Eastern Cape, said.

“We are indebted to the many local companies which make signature events like this a reality for our city.”

The race is fuelled by Caltex Eastern Cape and supported by The Herald, Market Square Volkswagen Uitenhage, Max4Cars Peugeot and Citroen, Powerade and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.

Each of the six changeover points are sponsored by local companies which include Caltex, Discovery Consulting Services, Town Lodge, Bo’s Plant & Tool Hire and Bidvest Car Rental, while each of the six Powerade hydration points along the way are supported by @Tee embroidery and print, Federal-Mogul Motor Parts, Relay Emergency Medical Services, African Bank and Lynett@Law.

Online registration closes at 5pm today and final late entries will be possible at prerace registration, at Love Story, Albany Road, between 11am and 3pm tomorrow. A representative from all pre-registered teams is required to report to registration to collect Sunday’s race numbers and route booklet.

An appeal is also being made for all teams to support the amazing work which Love Story is doing by donating nonperishable food items.

No late entries will be entertained after pre-registration tomorrow.

With just 45 tickets remaining for the train passengers, online purchase or purchase from Love Story tomorrow is highly recommended.

No train tickets will be available on Sunday morning.

The race starts at the Port Elizabeth station at 9am, following Swartkops Street and into Paterson Road then onto Grahamstown Road all the way into Swartkops, where the mountain bikers will take over.

They cycle along the railway line through Redhouse and onto the Perseverance station, where the runners take over again and run through Azalea Park and Despatch and finally into the Uitenhage station.

The train and first teams are expected in Uitenhage from 10.45am and the prize-giving will be at 1pm.

For further information or last-minute registration, visit

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