Dis­cover ‘new’ road race se­ries

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MAT­SHE­LANE MAM­ABOLO

FOUR ICONIC Jo­han­nes­burg half marathons will from hence­forth be run as a se­ries fol­low­ing a joint ven­ture with Dis­cov­ery Vi­tal­ity.

The Old Eds, Wan­der­ers, Rand­burg Har­ri­ers and Rock­ies 21.1km races will now fall un­der the um­brella of the Vi­tal­ity Run Se­ries, Dis­cov­ery has an­nounced.

The races will take place in their tra­di­tional pe­ri­ods be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber to mark the be­gin­ning of Spring as they al­ways have.

Ac­cord­ing to Head of Vi­tal­ity Well­ness Craig Nos­sel, the se­ries “is a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of events like the parkrun which has more than 300 000 run­ners tak­ing part weekly”.

“The aim is to mo­ti­vate peo­ple of all fit­ness lev­els and to en­cour­age more peo­ple to love ex­er­cise,” he ex­plained.

And through the Se­ries, Vi­tal­ity is hop­ing to help en­sure that these iconic races that have been a part of the cal­en­der for many years grow from strength to strength.

“We are ex­cited about this in­au­gu­ral Vi­tal­ity Run Se­ries. By sup­port­ing these iconic races, we want to en­sure their longevity while sup­port­ing the run­ning com­mu­nity and get­ting more peo­ple ac­tive.

“Be­cause reg­u­lar ex­er­cise is a sound in­vest­ment in good health, the Vi­tal­ity Run Se­ries is an in­vest­ment in South Africa’s run­ning com­mu­nity.”

Old Ed­war­dian Ath­let­ics Club’s chair­man Mark Mohrin ex­pressed their de­light at this new part­ner­ship.

“We are thrilled to be in­cluded in the in­au­gu­ral Dis­cov­ery Vi­tal­ity Run Se­ries.

“This event will en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of road run­ning in South Africa for many years to come and we are ex­cited about the role we will be play­ing in this.”

The an­nual Old Eds Road Race at­tracts about 4000 run­ners and is gen­er­ally seen as the per­fect race for Com­rades fin­ish­ers to get go­ing af­ter the fa­mous KZN ul­tra.

But be­cause it also in­cludes the 10km and 5km runs, the race is also ideal for begin­ners.

The Rand­burg Har­ri­ers Club’s Road Race was run for the first time in 1984 and has grown sig­nif­i­cantly in the last few years.

“Our aim is to foster, pro­mote and de­velop all branches of ath­let­ics for which there is suf­fi­cient in­ter­est by mem­bers,” said Lisel Koch, Race Di­rec­tor at Har­ri­ers.

The Rock­ies Road Race was named in mem­ory of Gerald Fox, and has thou­sands of run­ners and walk­ers that en­ter each year.

“By of­fer­ing dis­tances such as 21.1km for sea­soned run­ners, and 10km and 5km dis­tances for novice run­ners and walk­ers, a Se­ries like this will cre­ate sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments to im­prove pop­u­la­tion heath by en­abling more reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” said Nos­sel.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­ter the Vi­tal­ity run Se­ries, go to www.dis­cov­ery. co.za/vi­tal­ity/run­series.

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