Start limbering up the legs and get that running gear ready, all in the name of reconciliation. The organisers from RCS Gugulethu Athletics Club have brought back the exciting and energetic Gugulethu Race on Friday, December 16.
Originally named the Amy Biehl Race, after the young American anti-apartheid activist who was murdered in Gugulethu in 1993, the challenge, which is now in its 16th year, was initially established to promote positive relations among the people of Mzansi. And while this focus is still part of its philosophy today, the event is also about encouraging a running culture in the areas on the outskirts of the city.
The annual foot race invites participants to trot through the vibrant township of Gugulethu as part of either a 10km jog or a short 4.2km fun run. The longer race takes runners past local landmarks, like the Gugulethu Mall and Gugulethu Junction, and on to Manenberg, which was separated from Gugs under the Group Areas Act during apartheid, before heading back to the NY49 Stadium, where both races start. Those taking part in the fun run will be meandering through the streets of nearby neighbourhoods, and they can no doubt expect to be cheered on by residents along the way.
So whether you’re keen to take on a 10k or would rather take it easy with a fun run, you can join in the festivities knowing that you’re running for an excellent cause. There are tons of lucky draws and some fantastic prizes to be won.
Entry and bookings for the 2016 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation day Race
Entries are available online via Entrytime.com or at the venue on race day from 5:30am. Race fees are as follows:
10km Race- Starts at 7am
Licenced Adults R40 p/p
Licenced Juniors R25 p/p
Unllicensed Adults R65 p/p
Unlicensed Juniors R40 p/p
4.2km Race- Starts at 7:10am
Adults R20 p/p
Juniors R15 p/p
For more information on the race visit www.entrytime.com
Tel: 073 140 2158