SuperSport Park will make history with Festival of Running

A route of 2,5km will meted out on the SuperSport Park site for the Gautrain Festival of Running taking place on April 7th and 8th. Photo: twitter

SuperSport Park in Centurion has been known as the home of the largest road race in South Africa. On the weekend of 7 and 8 April, the stadium will also be the place where history will be made with the very first Gautrain Festival of Running.

This unique event will be arguably the first of its kind in a South African sport stadium.

It would not only offer great fun for young and old in a safe environment, but it would probably also redefine how large sport stadiums were into the future.

The festival will start on Friday 7 April at 10:00 with a Corporate Relay. Provision is made for 300 teams which will consist of four runners each who will then run against each other in a four-hour race until 14:00.

All participants among the expected 1 200 will receive medals and the 300 teams will each pay R1 500 entry fee for the relay.

The festival continues the following day with a Family Run limited to 500 participants starting at 07:00 and the cut-off time is 07:45.

The Family Run will be followed by the ‘Pram-Walk’, also called the Super Mom’s Walk. Moms with babies or toddlers in prams or on foot are invited to take part.

This race will start at 08:00 with a time limit of 45 minutes limited to 300 participants at an entry fee of R50 a person.

“I think both these first two events will add to the family atmosphere for which SuperSport Park is internationally known, and the safe and secure environment plus the comfort of a restaurant, kids play areas and easy parking will add to the lure of these events which will be completely new inscriptions on the South African outdoor adventure calendar annually,” said Pierre Joubert, commercial manager of the Multiply Titans.

Athletes and supporters can also use the Gautrain, which is a walking distance from the stadium.

From 09:00 to 09:15 the final three events on the programme will start in quick succession.

The Solo Challenge (limited to 200 runners with an entry fee of R150 an athlete) is for individual athletes to run continuously with a time limit of four hours.

It starts at 09:15. Athletes are allowed to take breaks and the winner will be determined by the athlete who the farthest in the allotted time.

The Team Challenge Relay and the Xtreme Relay will work on the same principle – the team who can run the farthest in the allotted time will be the winner.

For the Team Challenge Relay, limited to 250 teams, a team of minimum two and maximum four runners can enter.

This race will start at 09:10 will a time limit of eight hours. The entry fee is R800 a team.

The Xtreme Relay is a challenge for the iron men and women and it will start at 09:00. In this race, athletes gets a time limit of ten hours to run continuously on the specific route. They may also take breaks. The entry fee is R1 000 a team.

All these races will be completed on a route of 2.5 kilometre but within the SuperSport Park grounds.

A choice of two different VIP packages will be available to participating companies who want to entertain their athletes and guests at the stadium.

Joubert said the organisers would also cater for the needs of the thousands of people participating and their family and friends supporting the event.

There will be ample hospitality areas to entertain and rejuvenate families and tired runners.

Clubs, companies or individuals interested in signing up for the event, can contact Joubert on pierrej@cricket.co.za, or visit the Multiply Titans website on www.titans.co.za

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Koos Venter
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