The inaugural Heather Park SuperSpar Sunrise Challenge, in George, attracted 400 runners who raised R5 000 for special needs school Up With Down's.
"We decided to hold a women's race as we wanted to do something different," said Heather Park SuperSpar owner, Duncan Brown. "We also wanted to add a fun element, so men were allowed to enter if they were dressed in drag."
He said they were hoping to attract more than a thousand runners to next year's event. "Our aim is to help people in our area, while having some fun, but we need the support of the community."
Heroes in action
Race organiser Danie Raubenheimer, from the George Nedbank Running Club, said planning for next year's event would start soon and that businesses and schools would be their focus. "We would also like to get more top athletes to take part because children love to see their heroes in action."
The prize for the best-dressed male went to Jan Nel while the Purple Turtles was voted the best-dressed relay team. Melissa van Rensburg of George won the 10 km feature event ahead of Alison Jordaan (George) and Lisl Grobler (Knysna).
Go to the Spar Facebook page to view photos of the race and its other initiatives in the Eastern Cape.
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