Smash the 2018 Pineap­ple Run

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By STEPHEN KISBEY-GREEN

The an­nual Buco Kowie Strid­ers Pineap­ple Run will once again take place this com­ing week­end, chal­leng­ing run­ners to race from the Big Pineap­ple in Bathurst to the Port Al­fred Coun­try Club. The event, which con­tains both a 27km and 10km race, is set to take place on Sat­ur­day 6 Oc­to­ber, with run­ners from across the prov­ince ex­pected to Smash the 2018 Pineap­ple Run.

The Kowie Strid­ers have hosted this event fora num­ber of years, and are look­ing for­ward to host­ing an­other highly suc­cess­ful race in what is ex­pected to be per­fect con­di­tions on race day.

This route is a mix­ture of town and ru­ral coun­try roads. Most of the climb­ing is done in the first half of the 27km, and the se­cond half is run on gravel roads through farms and game farms.

The last 5km heads into Port Al­fred. The 10km is a fast course in and around Port Al­fred, with one steep hill at the half-way mark.

Walk­ers of the 27km race will set off from the Big Pineap­ple at 7am, be­fore the run­ners be­gin their chase at 7.30am. The race cut­offs will be at 11.45am and 11.30am re­spec­tively, giv­ing both sets of par­tic­i­pants over four hours to com­plete the chal­lenge.

Both the run­ners and walk­ers at­tempt­ing to smash the 10km route will start at 8am from the Port Al­fred Coun­try Club, and will look to fin­ish be­fore the cut­off at 10am.

Those wor­ried about the early start to the race, and con­cerned about mak­ing it to the start line, can take ad­van­tage of the lim­ited seat­ing on the trans­port bus, which will de­part from the Port Al­fred Coun­try Club at 5.30am, and will cost run­ners only R25.

Camp­ing is also per­mit­ted free of charge on Fri­day night ahead of the race at the Port Al­fred Coun­try Club.

Those that com­plete the race can look for­ward to a num­ber of spot prizes, as well as cash prizes for the top three fin­ish­ers in each cat­e­gory.

A fun at­mos­phere is ex­pected through­out the day, mak­ing the Pineap­ple Run an­other es­sen­tial event on the run­ning cal­en­dar.

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