VAC prepares for 1860 Indentured Challenge

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Smiley Naidoo, Queeneie Naidoo, Nan Maharaj, Anand Naicker, Beena Maharj, Dolly Shamlall and Shirley Narainsamy at the SAPS Striders race.

The Verulam Athletic Club, on behalf of Lower Tugela Lifeskills, will soon host the 1860 Indentured 10km and 5km Challenge at the Amphitheatre, North Beach.
With a 7am start, runners and walkers will be able to take up the fast and flat promenade with the Indian ocean on either side.
Run in the picturesque beachfront, runners and walkers will be able to sample Durban’s best and fastest 10km route, which also allows for personal bests on September 24 (Heritage Day).
This is another community outreach programme assisted by VAC with part of proceeds benefitting Lifeskills OVC projects and SANCA in its fight against substance abuse.
The race commemorates the arrival of the 1860 indentured labourers and as part of social cohesion also aligning with the Nelson Mandela’s centenary.
In a symbolic start at the amphitheatre, the race route takes in a southerly direction towards uShaka, not far away from the first landing of the ships that brought in the first batch of indentured labourers.
The runners and walkers will then turn towards the northerly direction. The 5km participants turn into amphitheatre while the 10km runners and walkers will pass Suncoast and make a u-turn at the Bike and Bean Café.
Online registration is available courtesy of Event Timing, who will also do race day timing for the 10km run and walk.

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Finishers will receive an SMS with race finish time. 500 T-shirts will be issued to the first 500 registered participants for the 10km race.
All finishers will receive specially designed medals for the event. 10km finishers will also receive a medal. The 5km finishers will receive medals at the finish.
An additional feature this year is that late registration and race number collection can be done at Kings Park Athletic Stadium on Sunday, September 23 from 11am to 5pm.
Entry points include Asmalls Hypersave (Verulam), Bhagwans (Tongaat), Sportszone in Durban North, STS Sport at Moses Mabhida and Durban Runner (Glenwood).
Entry boxes will be available till September 20, 2018. Online entry closes on September 18, 2018. Late entry option is also available on Sunday at Kings Park Stadium and on race day morning from 6am to 7am.
For more information, call 083-783-6363 or send an email to [email protected]
SAPS finishers:
10km: Vukani Maphumulo, Shirley Narainsamy, Dolly Shamlal, Smiley Naidoo, Nan Maharaj, Beeena Maharaj, Bobby Ramlagan , Sundree Ramlagan, Anand Naicker and Queenie Naidoo.
21.1km: Pooven Naidoo and Raeesa Bayat

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