“We hope that women from all over South Africa – and particularly from areas around Nelson Mandela Bay – will come to enjoy the most beautiful race in South Africa’s friendliest city,” said NMBT Marketing Manager Titus Chuene. “We see the Challenge and the 5km Fun Run as an ideal opportunity to promote Port Elizabeth as a world class sporting destination,” he said.
“NMBT supports athletics and road running, and we particularly welcome the SPAR Women’s Challenge, which has become a highlight of the sporting and social calendar in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. We are proud to be associated with an event that attracts thousands of women and girls from all walks of life. The Challenge promotes a healthy lifestyle, with many first-time participants going on to become regular road-runners. Furthermore, the event provides an opportunity for tourism and sporting stakeholders to meet and network in a friendly environment, which may help us to grow NMB as a destination.”
Chuene said it was very pleasing that top athletes like Irvette van Blerk, Rene Kalmer, Zintle Xiniwe and Nandipha Dywili will take part in the race. “Many of them have said they particularly enjoy the Port Elizabeth Challenge because of the beautiful route and the friendly people,” he said. “We are hoping that women will also come from places like Grahamstown, Port Alfred, Cape St Francis and other places up and down the coast to enjoy the day. “We also hope that people who come from further afield will take some time to explore our beautiful city, which has so much to offer.”
Local boy band Escape will be providing the entertainment at the race, and Chuene said the Challenge would showcase their talent to thousands who might not have seen them before. “We are very proud of Escape and we know their fan base will increase after people have seen them at the SPAR Women’s Challenge.”