Ra­cing for a good cau­se

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

In aid of de­men­tia suf­fe­rers and to rai­se a­wa­re­ness of the con­di­ti­on, Al­z­hei­mer’s SA will be hol­ding a “Ra­ce to end Al­z­hei­mer’s” (REA) from Mos­sel Bay to Knys­na next week, w­hen 10 run­ners are set to com­ple­te a to­tal dis­tan­ce of 481km for t­his worthy cau­se.

The run­ners will ma­ke their way o­ver four of the moun­tain pas­ses that T­ho­mas Bain is re­spon­si­ble for buil­ding, star­ting in Mos­sel Bay on Mon­day 25 Sep­tem­ber and en­ding at the Bo­ardwalk in Knys­na on F­ri­day 29 Sep­tem­ber.

Ac­cor­ding to Al­z­hei­mer’s SA s­po­kes­per­son De­ni­se F­re­de­ricks the run­ners will col­lect do­na­ti­ons al­ong their jour­ney that will al­low the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on to train Al­z­hei­mer’s ca­rers. “Al­z­hei­mer’s SA in Knys­na will al­so be joi­ning us for the ‘end’. We ho­pe to ha­ve ban­ners and bal­loons up at the Bo­ardwalk to rai­se a­wa­re­ness,” she said.

The rou­te:

Day 1 - Run­ners will start in Mos­sel Bay and he­ad to Oudts­hoorn via the R328, ta­king them through the Ro­bert­son pass. T­his will be a tar­red secti­on.

Day 2 – From Oudts­hoorn, via the Swart­berg pass, run­ners will he­ad to P­rin­ce Al­bert. T­his will ta­ke pla­ce on a gra­vel secti­on.

Day 3 – U­sing the Mei­rings­poort pass the run­ners will he­ad back to Oudts­hoorn from P­rin­ce Al­bert, t­his ti­me on a tar­red secti­on.

Day 4 – Run­ners will ta­ke on the R62 from Oudts­hoorn to U­ni­on­da­le, al­so a tar­red secti­on.

Day 5 – On the fi­nal day the run­ners will use the P­rin­ce Alf­red’s pass al­ong the R339 to re­ach Knys­na.

Ac­cor­ding to F­re­de­ricks the run­ners should re­ach Knys­na a­round 15:00.

If you would li­ke to do­na­te to the cau­se or track the run­ners’ pro­gress, vi­sit at www. alz­hei­mers.org.za, or Fa­ce­book/Al­z­hei­mer’s South A­fri­ca. – S­te­fan Goo­sen

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

The te­am from the ra­ce held in 2015.

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