The Totalsports Women’s Race on Friday has attracted a stellar line-up of female athletes including Jenna Challenor, Jenet Dlamini, Glenrose Xaba, Lebo Phalula and Annie Bothma and Zintle Xiniwen.
The event takes place across three cities (Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town) on National Women’s Day and is in aid of PinkDrive, which raises money for breast cancer awareness.
Durban-bassed Challenor secured gold at the Durban event in 2013.
“It is an honour to run for those who are fighting for their lives. I have lost a few friends to cancer so it is close to my heart,” said Challenor.
Although Glenrose Xaba (Embalenle, Mpumalanga) obtained gold at the race in Durban in 2018, she had to settle for second-place in Johannesburg behind Mamorallo Tjoka in the same year.
This is the first time since the event’s inception in 2001, that the race takes place on the same day across three cities in 2019. As a result, Xaba had to choose between the three races with Johannesburg coming out tops.
“I love that the race supports women and it is really special to be recognised as athletes. My goal on event day will be to secure a spot on the podium, and maybe even win the race.”
Annie Bothma (Mouille Point, Cape Town) is hoping for a successful title defence in the Mother City on Women’s Day.
“The Totalsports Women’s Race is very special to me as it was my very first 10km race back in the day,” says Bothma.
“Last year I got to line up after not competing in road races for three years while on a full scholarship in America. Crossing the finish line first was a dream come true.
“It is amazing that the race is hosted in honour of women and supports PinkDrive. My goal is to defend my title and finish in a good time.”
The event boasts a combined prize purse of R123 600 which is a total of R41 200 per city.
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