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December 08, 2010

Twilight Team Run attracts vampires, werewolves and other colourful characters

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Photos by Deon Gurling

I’ve been a fan and participant of the Community Chest Twilight Team Run for many years but last night’s event truly blew me away. The 2010 edition of this popular event was held at the Grand Parade in the City Centre and attracted more than 3 000 teams. That’s 600 more than they had last year! I could not stop gawking at the fabulously dressed runners, much less at the fantastic acts, including jazz maestro Richard Ceasar, on stage.

While many embraced their inner Edwards and Jacobs − come on, with the event having the same name as the infamous vampire book series and movie franchise, entrants were sure to impersonate the characters − others expressed more originality in their costumes.

There were the not-so-muscular gladiators, black bag couture models (Team Tuffy members were dressed in the latest fashion items of their product), some weird superheroes, breast cancer warriors with fake breasts, free loving Woodstock hippies and even the Flintstones.

Each of the teams paraded on stage, showing off their costumes and announcing the cause or charity they were supporting. The 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse was a favourite, as was the fight against drugs.

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Craig Alexander, Nence Jarvis, Leigh Naidoo and Darryl Moodley

Of course, there could only be one winner of the best dressed competition and the honour went to Form Set Printers for their innovative costumes. The lucky team won the Good Hope FM floating trophy as well as DVD home theatre systems, valued at R1 500 each and sponsored by Lewis Group, for each team member.

The runner-up was The Pink Tongue team with their lighthouse costumes. Their prize was a complete makeover from New Balance to the value of R1 000 each.

The hospitality area read like a who’s who of the top companies in the Mother City. Metropolitan Health Group, Chevron (who had 169 participating teams), Netcare, Cape Town City Libraries, Cape Community Newspapers and I&J were just a few of the businesses offering delicious treats to runners at their hospitality tents.

The afterparty is always a hit and this year’s entertainment did not disappoint. In addition to the cool music from Good Hope FM and their DJs, local musicians Richard Ceasar, Mario Ogle, Sarah-Jane and more kept the crowd dancing and singing all night.

All in all, another fantastic Community Chest Twilight Team Run was held, and R750 000 was raised for charity. I can’t wait for next year’s run!

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Shaun Leonard (left) and Leroy Davis

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Andrea Esau (left) and Adrian Rudolph

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