The highlight of Tshwane’s running calendar, the Pretoria SPAR Women’s Challenge, is just around corner with only two weeks left until race day takes place on 3 September at SuperSport Park Stadium. The race is known for being a great day out with the ever popular lucky draw, charity handovers and on-stage entertainment treating the crowds after the race. We chatted to two of the entertainers set to perform about what they have lined up for this year!
Returning for the fourth consecutive year is crowd favorite, George Longane who promises some “top notch” entertainment. “People can expect to hear some of their favorite songs but there will be some new material for them to enjoy as well. I have been performing at the SPAR Women’s Challenge since 2012 and my favorite part of performing for the Pretoria ladies is when they all start entering the stadium and I get to encourage them to dance to their favorite tunes.”
George says that he is also looking forward to cheering on the ladies and is especially excited to see the top runners battle it out for the top spot in the Grand Prix. This year’s competition is especially intense as each top runner has their eye on winning the trophy in the 10th anniversary year of the Grand Prix series. The Pretoria race is the second last in the series. “My words of inspiration for the athletes who are competing for first place in the Grand Prix would be that they have already done the hard work so now it is the time to stay strong – hard work always pays off!”
Sure to get the crowd on their feet, Brendan Peyper will be performing all of his hit songs – but before that, he says, he will be on the race route encouraging the ladies. This is Brendan’s first year performing at the race and he says he really excited to be a part of the event. “I have the utmost respect for women. They are truly the backbone and moral structure of society and to see and experience 25 000 ladies running through the streets of Pretoria must be mind boggling,” he said.
Brendan also said that he felt inspired by this year’s race theme – #IamGrateful. “Just showing people that you are truly grateful for their good deeds is all they need to motivate them to keep on doing good deeds. What really inspires me for instance is seeing a person that has lost a limb or bound to a wheelchair still taking part in activities that some might think to be beyond their abilities. That makes me so grateful for my abilities and blessings that I, and sometimes all of us, take for granted.” Brendan says that he is most grateful for what he has achieved in his career and credits his success to the people who have supported and helped him along the way.
Entry forms for the race are available in SPAR stores and online at www.sparladiespta.co.za. Make sure you enter in time as entries are limited! To keep up with the latest race news, Like the SPAR Women’s Challenge Pretoria Facebook page.