Boasting a new look and a new name, the 2019 SPAR Women’s Challenge Tshwane was officially launched on 9 May 2019 in Pretoria and entries are now open!
Key partners, sponsors, celebrities, top runners and the media all joined the race organising team at the Sun Arena, Time Square for the official launch event.
“We are so excited to be opening entries to the 25 000 ladies from across the region who join us to take part in the race every year – and to be unveiling the big changes that the race has undergone,” says SPAR North Rand Marketing Executive, Charleen Goschen. She is referencing the new race title which has changed from ‘SPAR Women’s Challenge Pretoria’ to the SPAR Women’s Challenge Tshwane. “This new title better reflects the ladies who come from across the region to take part and reflects how the race ‘territory’ has grown over the years.”
The race also has a whole new look. “The new, bold red colour and modern look epitomize the women who make the race what it is. The race has become a Pretoria institution but also needs to move and change with the times and we are really proud of the way that the race’s next chapter is reflected in the updated look,” Charleen explains. “This colour is bold, strong and confident but also humble, kind and grateful – all at once. And every woman out there knows that we can all be defined in many ways, that we wear many hats – and that we are all strong and beautiful enough to do so.”
The official race theme for 2019 was announced at the launch event. The 2019 theme is ‘Yes I Am…’ This theme asks the women of Tshwane to take a closer look at how they define themselves. As a mother, a sister, a friend – or all of these? Are you strong, kind, bold, humble – or just yourself? “This year the SPAR Women’s Challenge Tshwane is celebrating women in a whole new way. This theme is about embracing everything that you are and walking proudly side by side with 25 000 women from your Tshwane community on race day!” Charleen enthuses. “#YesIAm challenges you to look at how you define yourself, fairly and without judgment. It’s about being yourself on your own terms.”
Yes I Am Ready to Enter!
Entries are now officially open for the 2019 Tshwane Leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge, the biggest and most popular race in the SPAR Women’s Challenge Grand Prix series. The race takes place at 14:00 on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at SuperSport Park in Centurion. As always, the race will offer 25 000 women from all walks of life, and all levels of fitness the opportunity to take part in a 5km or a 10km race. Taking the large number of participants into account, separate starting points for each route will ensure a seamless experience for everyone.
Entry costs R120 per person, for all licensed 10km entrants, R160 for all non-licensed 10km entrants and R120 for the 5km fun run/walk entrants. There are two easy ways to enter the race. At participating SPAR and sports stores, entry forms are available to fill in and you can then immediately pay for your entry. You will be able to instantly walk out of the store with your race pack containing your race number, one-size-fits-all t-shirt, foam peak, and a copy of My Race magazine. A list of participating stores is available on www.sparladiestshwane.co.za.
The second way to enter the race is online at www.sparladiestshwane.co.za. Entrants can follow the easy online entry steps (admin fee applies) and then they can collect their race pack at SuperSport Park Stadium in Centurion from 29 July 2019 – 2 August 2019 between 10h00 and 18h00. Regrettably, collection is not available in-store for online entries.
In-store pre-entries will close on 21 July 2019 at 20h00 but pre-entries will still be available at SuperSport Park from 29 July 2019 – 2 August 2019 between 10h00 and 18h00, if entries have not sold out. Entries will be limited to 25 000 so enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The top runners will, of course, be competing for the winning spot in the SPAR Grand Prix Series which is made up of six SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km races hosted across the country and challenges South Africa’s top female athletes to earn points based on their performances in each race. “This year, all eyes will be on Helalia Johannes, Tadu Teshame and Kesa Molotsane who took the top 3 spots in the first race of the year, the Port Elizabeth leg which took place on 4 May,” says Charleen. “The competition among our top runners is fierce and these three ladies set the tone for this year with amazing times in the PE race!
Yes I Am A Proud SPAR Women’s Challenge Supporter!
Speaking at the launch, Charleen mentioned how the consistent support of the race by partners and sponsors has allowed it to grow regionally over the years. “It is so inspiring to witness how the Tshwane leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge has gone from strength to strength each year. It shines a light on the ways in which our sponsors and race partners share in SPAR’s commitment to our community. This includes our relationships with race partners SuperSport Park, Athletics Gauteng North and the City of Tshwane. It also includes our phenomenal sponsors Bar One, The Maslow Time Square, Asics, aQuelle, Suzuki, JacarandaFM, Follicle Inc., XtraSpace, Duracell, BeeBad, KitKat, Futurelife, Aero, Danone, Sunbake, MiWayLife, ATKV Klein Kariba, Gosh and Isigidi. We are truly grateful for the role that these organisations play in helping to make the race a physical reality every year.”
Lending their voices to the race message and the #YesIAm theme, are this year’s official race brand ambassadors – who include Hanna Grobler, Ivan Botha, Donnalee Roberts, Ouma Tema, Thabiso Khambule, Lindie Strydom, Warrior Ric, Willem Botha, Johrné van Huysteen, Sarina Frauenstein, Dianne Broodryk, and Chantel Struwig.
Yes I Am Giving Back to the Tshwane Community!
It is great to see each of the race participants crossing the finish line on race day but for SPAR, the goal is, of course, not just to see everyone finish the race, but through their participation to give back to the community. “We are proud that every year we are fortunate enough to put hundreds of thousands of Rand in donations back into our community. This year our chosen race beneficiaries are Good Morning Angels, Cupcakes for Kids with Cancer, Masai Athletics Club and the Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation.”
For more information about the 2019 SPAR Women’s Challenge Tshwane, please Like and follow @SPARLadiesTshwane on Facebook and Instagram, and follow the race on Twitter @SPARladiespta. Remember to use the hashtag #YesIAm and #SPARLadiesPTA to show your support, to let the social media world know how you choose to define yourself and share in the excitement of the buildup to race day!