Join SPAR and 4000 enthusiastic runners for the annual SPAR Lantern Race! There is only one week to go until you can enjoy a fun evening in the scenic suburb of Irene and take part in this exciting night time event.


The SPAR Lantern Race takes place on 15 February 2017 at the Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus. Runners must remember that this year’s race has a later starting time and will begin promptly at 19:00. Around 4000 runners are expected to take part in the 10km race and 5km fun run and organizers are encouraging everyone to arrive early.


The main gate at Denel will be the main point of entry and exit for the event and all participants are advised to park here to avoid inconvenience later in the evening. There will be picnic spots available for participants and race supporters along with refreshments on sale.


“The SPAR Lantern Race is a great outing for families, couples and friends,” says SPAR North Rand Marketing Director, Jerome Jacobs. “This race is a unique event on the Gauteng running calendar and no one should miss out on seeing the spectacle of 4000 runners lighting up the streets of Irene!”


There will be cash prizes awarded to the top runners as well as loads of spot prize giveaways with SPAR grocery hampers and prizes from Asics up for grabs. The first 10 men, 10 women and all category winners receive gold medals and the next 100 finishers will be given silver medals. The first 3000 to finish the 5km and 10km route will receive bronze medals. Entries are still available (while stocks last) at selected SUPER SPAR stores, Sweatshop, Runner’s Store and Run-A-Way Sport stores. Online entries are available at and There is an entrance fee of R90 for the 10km and R60 for the 5km Fun Run. Grand Masters will pay 50% of the entry fee and a R30 fee will apply for those requiring a temporary licence.


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