The 10th edition of the Vodacom Fibre Rose Run, presented by OFM, the sound of your life, and Bloemfontein Courant, will be hitting roads in the City of Roses on Saturday 9 March.
The race, which will feature a 10-km and a 32-km run, was first hosted in 2010 after the old Naval Duiwel changed to a full 42.2-km marathon.
In the past, the race, which has was named after the City of Roses, used to start at Northridge Mall (Noordstad back then) and took the runners through Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate. With the race having grown in popularity, it had to be moved to Emoya Estate to accommodate more runners.
The Rose Run has always been known for a being a quite challenging route, and for those runners looking to increase from 21.1-km half marathon to a full marathon, the race meets both distances perfectly in the middle and is a great stepping stone into a long race.
With it having plentiful hills, it is also the ideal race to prepare for the upcoming Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town.
The Pentagon Pistols are hosting the race. Club chairman, Ettiene Stone, told Bloemfontein Courant, that their motto epitomises the event.
“Our motto is ‘We run for fun’, and we always strive to live up to this. This is the 10th edition of the event and the aim is to make it the biggest one yet.
“The Rose Run is viewed as our flagship race and with the magnificent support from our sponsors, we have the necessary backing to reach this goal. We will also be providing superior feeding stations, which will certainly help to lighten the load of the challenging route for participants.
“A unique feature of the Rose Run is the setup we create at the finish line. This year we also invite all other road running clubs and their members to stay afterwards and enjoy the after run activities. An area for clubs to set up their club gazebos will be demarcated in the arena.”
Entries can be done online at www.pentagonpistols.co.za or at Caramello’s Preller Square on 7 and 8 March from 17:00-19:00. Late entries can be done at Emoya Estate on the day of the race from 4:45-5:40.
Both the 32-km and 10-km runs will start at 6:00 on Saturday 9 March, and the walkers will start 15 minutes earlier at 5:45.
The public should note that Frans Kleynhans Road will be closed between Emoya Estate and Heuwelsig from 6:00 to 6:30. – MORGAN PIEK