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Tourism News
JBay marathon moves up a notch
10 September 2010

Beach race promises to be better than ever
GREAT news for athletics in the Kouga is the inclusion of the annual J'Bay Beach Marathon, run from St Francis Bay to Jeffreys Bay along the beach, onto the Eastern Province Athletics calendar (EPA).
While the race was always run on Human Rights Day in March, the registration of the event brought about a change of date. It will now be run on the third Saturday in December every year.
The change in status means the race will be run twice this year. Saturday, December 18, has been earmarked, leaving plenty of time to still get in a few practice jogs, runs or cycles.
Coming on board this year is Rotary. Organisers, Robin and Bruce Butler of the Savoy Hotel, are very excited about the inclusion of the race on the EPA calendar and with Rotary bringing their expertise to the event.
"This was exactly what the race needed to take it up a notch," says Bruce: "These inclusions give us leverage to seek bigger and better sponsorship for the future." Various sponsorships are still sought for this year and businesses are encouraged to become involved. Another first is the inclusion of a wheelchair race.
"We have done this to try and raise funds to buy wheelchairs that we will then donate to needy people," explained Bruce.
However, businesses are asked to donate R1 000 each and to enter a team that will race the wheelchairs around a track. The winning team will be given the opportunity to hand over the wheelchairs to Rotary.
The race consists of an 18km walk/run, that starts in St Francis, follows a three kilometre stretch of tar, crosses the Kromme River , either by rubber duck or for the more adventurous a swim, and continues for 15km along the beach to the end on the main beach in Jeffreys Bay.
A 45km cycle race was added two years ago and has also proved very popular, with growing numbers. This will definitely once again form part of the race in December.
To become involved or for more information call Bruce or Robin at the Savoy on 042-293-1106.
More information will be published in Our Times as it becomes available.

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