Bestmed Chokka Trail run to leave starting blocks

IT is all systems go for the annual adrenaline-packed Bestmed Chokka Trail Run, set to take place at the Cape St Francis Resort this weekend.

The main events - the 62km ultra-marathon, 42km marathon, 23km halfmarathon and 10km trail run will all leave the starting blocks on Saturday, August 11 - giving all participants the opportunity to enjoy the family-fun 5km charity challenge on Sunday, August 12.

All businesses, schools and charity organisations are invited to pick a team of four for the 5km Charity Challenge, which will start at 09:00. All four runners, or walkers, can complete the 5km distance in their own time. Their individual finishing times will be added together as the team’s final time. No one will know who the winning team is until prize giving at 13:00.

The winning team will win a Bestmed hamper, a team building event from the Cape St Francis Resort, as well as R3 000 cash for their nominated charity or school.

If more than 10 teams enter, their names will go into a lucky draw to win a Bestmed hamper, a team building event from the Cape St Francis Resort, as well as R1 500 cash for their charity or school.

The entry fee is R300 per team.

Also on Sunday, while waiting for prize-giving, there will be a 1km and a 3km race for the juniors.

Route

The start and finish of all the distances is the Cape St Francis Resort, from where they turn on the beach in a westerly direction towards Mostertshoek.

The 10km runners will run a short loop on the coastline before they turn back to Cape St Francis, while the 23km runners will remain on the Mostertshoek Road and the marathon and ultra-marathon runners proceed to Dune Ridge Country House. Halfway through the Eskom Conservation Reserve the 42km runners will turn into the dunefield for 6km of the Sand River, while the 62km runners proceed to Oyster Bay, coming back via the entire 15km dunefield.

At the road crossing on the R330 all distances will meet again, proceeding through the St Francis Field towards Port St Francis, the last waterpoint, before they make it for the finish line at the Resort.

Walkers are welcome in the 23km, 10km and 5km distances. Please note dogs will only be allowed on the 5km and 10km distances.

More information

With staged starting times it will be possible to see most athletes finish and support will be much appreciated. Prize giving will be at 12:30 for the 10km and 23km events, and at 15:00 for the 42km and 62km events.

Online entries are open at www.stfrancissport.co.za. Entries close at 12:00 on August 10. A late registration fee will be payable on race weekend.

Live music, great food and kids entertainment will be the order of the day at the Cape St Francis Resort, who also offers a crazy weekend special: book two nights and get a third one free at R320 per person per night sharing, while children under 12 stay for half price. Contact Anita Lennox on reservations@capestfrancisresort.co.za to book.

The race is sponsored by Bestmed, hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort and organised by St Francis Sport.

For more information, contact Esti Stewart at info@stfrancissport.co.za or 073 825 0835, or Eric Stewart at 082 394 7363.