September 26, 2017  

Johannesburg, South Africa - The first rumblings of thunder and a tinge of purple on the jacaranda trees are reminders that one of the most important events in Johannesburg is just around the corner – the SPAR Women’s Challenge on Sunday October 8.

This year, the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge and 5km Fun Run have moved to a bigger and greener new venue, the Marks Park Sporting Club in Emmarentia. If you haven’t entered yet, there is still time – online entries will be accepted up until midnight on Friday September 29. If you miss that deadline, there is no need to despair – late entries will be accepted at registration from Thursday October 5 until just before the race on Sunday.
However, if you enter late, you will miss out on the free race t-shirt which will be presented to the first 16 000 pre-entries, so it’s important to get that entry form in. Entries can also be submitted at certain sports shops and SPAR stores.

The new course is very pretty, as it twists and turns through the leafy suburbs of Emmarentia and Greenside, passing some beautiful homes, pretty gardens and well-known schools. Part of the race is a steady climb past the Parkview Golf Course, which celebrated its centenary last year. The race ends back at Marks Park.
The first five kilometres are relatively flat, with the second half being more challenging, but the trees lining the streets provide shelter from the sun and by the time the race is run, the jacarandas should be in full bloom – always a sight for jaded eyes.

The course for the 5km Fun Run sticks fairly closely to Marks Park an the adjoining Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, taking entrants past the beautiful Emmarentia Dam.

There are plenty of prizes on offer, including SPAR vouchers worth R15 000 and the trendy Afro-pop group Denim will have everyone tapping their toes and clicking their fingers as they provide the entertainment on the day.
So get those entry forms in and be part of Joburg most beautiful race on Sunday October 8.

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