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September 23, 2010

A week to go until entries close for popular Cape Town Gun Run

2010 Cape Town Gun Run

Entries for the 2010 OUTsurance 94.5 Kfm Gun Run have reached the 6 000-participant mark and all signs point toward a record turnout on Sunday, October 10. Entries close on Friday, October 1, and no late entries will be accepted for the half marathon and 10km after this date. This means that Capetonians have one week left to book their spot, although participants will still be able to enter the 5km up to and on race day.

According to Race Director Tony Breslin, Atlantic Athletic Club and the sponsors are delighted at the prospect of hosting a record field: “Last year we had just on 10 000 runners and, with the increased interest in road running and the fact that most of the entries will be received in the last week leading up to October 1, there is every indication that we will reach close to 12 000 entrants on race day.”

Participants have a choice of three different distances – a 21km half marathon, a 10km run, and a 5km fun run aimed at families, younger participants and walkers. All three events start in Beach Road, Mouille Point, and finish on the Sea Point Promenade opposite Rocklands Beach.

Labelled one of Cape Town’s most popular road running events, the Gun Run attracts a diverse field of participants, from serious athletes vying for top prizes to walkers who are just out enjoying a spring day with their family and friends. The event also attracts a number of first-time half marathon runners, as the route is fairly flat and fast.

Participants are encouraged to enter online at www.topevents.co.za. Alternatively, they can pick up an entry form from any Sportsmans Warehouse.

Ashley Hayden, Survivor SA runner up, will be running the 10km to raise funds for the event’s official charity, the Homestead. All donations will go toward the construction of a new Homestead Child and Youth Care Centre in Khayelitsha. For more information, visit www.homestead.org.za.

Local 94.5 Kfm DJ’s, including Ryan O’Connor and Charmaine Noy, will be taking part in the event. There will be loads of entertainment for participants and spectators on the Sea Point Promenade, including a live band and a kiddies’ entertainment area. There are some great lucky draw prizes up for grabs, including a cheque for R10 000, and participants can also treat themselves to a sports massage or physiotherapy advice for R30 with Catherine Chambers Physiotherapy, who will be at the finish line, under a Healthjunction gazebo.

The Cape Field Artillery will fire a gun, a 25-pounder Howitzer, to start all three events, and then again at 10h00 to mark the cut-off time. The regiment and firing of the gun are an integral part of the event and have been since 2003. Traditionally, the event started at 09h00 and runners had to finish the event before the noon day gun was fired from Signal Hill.

Formed in 1857, the Cape Field Artillery has the unique distinction of being the oldest operational volunteer artillery regiment in the British Commonwealth. The regiment has a close relationship with the city and fires the 21-gun salute at the opening of Parliament.

The 21km starts at 07h00, the 10km at 07h30 and the 5km at 07h45. Cut-off time is at 10h00 so participants have ample opportunity to complete their event.

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