November 25

Dis-Chem 21km Race Entries Now Open

By Fitness Blog

November 25, 2021

The 20th Dis-Chem Half Marathon will happen on 16 January 2022.

The occasion could have a barely completely different complexion in comparison with earlier races to adjust to Covid security laws and protocols. These modifications embrace:

  • Restricted entries.
  • No 5km enjoyable run.
  • Mat to mat timing (not gun to mat)
  • A rolling batched begin inside a 30-minute window.
  • No spectators
  • Screening and temperature taken at assortment venues and on race day.
  • Athletes won't obtain medals and might want to depart the end venue as quickly as they full their run.
  • No membership gazebos are allowed.
  • No catering or bathe amenities on the end.

Get vaccinated

Race Director, Charn Swart of Bedfordview Nation Membership – Athletics, encourages athletes to get absolutely vaccinated previous to coming into.

Absolutely vaccinated runners can accumulate their race numbers and T-shirts on any assortment day. They might want to produce their vaccination certificates (not SMS) and ID.

Partially vaccinated runners can solely accumulate their race numbers and T-shirts on Saturday 15 January – the day earlier than the precise race. They might want to present a sound damaging Covid PCR check not older than 48 hours, or alternatively bear an on-site Speedy Antigen check at their very own expense at assortment.

Anticipation rising

“We're excited on the prospect of a dwell race as soon as once more. Who is aware of, however maybe the return to racing will see the course document damaged,” stated Swart.

“With the well being and welfare of runners and their households at stake, together with the numerous quantity of occasion preparation which had taken place, we regretted having to cancel this yr’s Dis-Chem Half Marathon,” commented Stan Goetsch, Director at headline sponsor Dis-Chem.

“Whereas it's tough to plan with certainty in these uniquely difficult instances, Bedfordview Nation Membership Athletics and Dis-Chem are wanting ahead to as soon as once more witnessing the enjoyment, the spirit and the joy of the problem of a dwell street working occasion on the conventional ‘season opener'.

Sponsorship help

That is the twentieth yr that Dis-Chem has supported the occasion because the title sponsor. Occasion co-sponsors: includeCentrum, Norflex Gel, smecta, TransAct, ViralChoice and Biogen.

Race organisers thank all sponsors for his or her continued help and affirm that their contributions are crucial to making sure Dis-Chem’s continued internet hosting of the occasion.

Similar iconic course

The course stays the identical, winding its manner by way of Bedfordview, Morninghill and Primrose – offering runners with a difficult route and spectacular views, notably because the street crests and dives down Primrose Hill.

Race marshals might be stationed alongside the route providing spirited encouragement to the runners. There'll solely be 4 water factors and runners are inspired to carry their very own water.

The race has beforehand offered out inside a few weeks of entries opening. Because of Covid laws, solely 3000 entries can be found for the 21km race. An extra 1000 Digital entries might be obtainable for runners who can not get a dwell race entry.

The Digital run might be untimed and unsupported. Entrants can run from 17-23 January 2022. All 4000 entrants will obtain a Dry-fit T-shirt. The Centrum 5km sprint won't happen in 2022 as a result of entry limitations.

Charity help

Funds might be raised for the 2 race charities: Lambano Sanctuary for orphaned kids with HIV and the Namaqua Canine and Donkey Basis, which offers sterilisation, vaccination and therapy of animals in casual settlements.

As soon as once more, runners’ donations over and above their entry payment might be matched by the Dis-Chem Basis.

Entry charges

  • 21km race entry is R300
  • Digital race entry is R200

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