This year the ever-popular RCS Gugs Race celebrates its 20th anniversary as Cape Town’s Reconciliation Day race – where runners and supporters from all cultural groups and all walks of life will come together in the spirit of peace and unity, on Monday, December 16.
Title sponsor RCS – a subsidiary of global French bank BNP Paribas Personal Finance – has been integral to the growth of this important sporting event over the past ten years, and CEO Regan Adams believes the ethos of the race is more relevant to the country and its people, now than ever.
“During the Rugby World Cup South Africans recently felt the unifying power of sport as a unique and important connection that binds people together. The RCS Gugs Race has been connecting runners from different communities across the city through a common goal for the past 20 years. We are proud to be part of this vibrant township’s legacy, as title sponsor of one of its most important sporting events,” he says.
The race honours the spirit of compassion of American anti-apartheid activist Amy Biehl, who passed away in Gugulethu in 1999.
Chairperson of the Gugulethu Athletics Club, Aubrey Shoko adds that instilling a running culture among residents of this vibrant township, is another important legacy of the race – bringing people from different communities together in pursuit of their health and wellness goals.
The race is accessible to runners of all fitness levels, and includes a 10km as well as a 4.2km option. Both races start and finish at the NY49 Stadium, where family-friendly entertainment and colourful food and beverage stalls manned by local residents round off this unique township race day experience.
* Entries are available online via www.entrytime.com; or at the venue on race day from 5.30am onwards.