Friday, 16 December 2016 marks the 16th year of the popular RCS Gugs Race, with RCS as the title sponsor. “This year’s race is set to be bigger and better than ever before,” says Regan Adams, CEO of RCS, who sees the race fast becoming an iconic must-do event on the annual sporting calendar.
This popular annual family event, provides an opportunity for runners from all walks of life and their supporters to interact and soak up the atmosphere of the vibrant township life of Gugulethu.
With a history linked to the memory of American anti-Apartheid activist, Amy Biehl, the race has succeeded in repositioning this event by creating a platform to promote positive relations among people of different communities. In 2000, the Gugulethu Athletics Club partnered with the Gugulethu Sports Council and the Amy Biehl Foundation to launch the Amy Biehl Race which attracted over 1000 athletes.
Inspired by the national spirit of unity that defines this public holiday, the RCS Gugs Race is a one-of-a-kind event for the province and an ideal platform to celebrate the common bond of humanity between all South Africans. The unifying power of music was added to the mix in 2013 with the advent of a music festival featuring talented local artists. Spot prizes, food stalls and loads of fun activities for the young ones make this the perfect family day out.
Offering a 4.2km as well as a 10km option, the RCS Gugs Race is accessible to runners of all fitness levels. The 10km run takes participants past the Gugulethu Mall and Gugulethu Junction and on to Manenberg, before heading back to the Gugulethu Stadium in NY49, where both races start. En route, runners will pass some of the key attractions that have shaped the township, including the house of one of South Africa’s greatest athletes, Mzoli Ngcawuzele, now famously the owner of Mzolí’s Place – the township’s hippest hangout.
“RCS has put significant support behind the Gugulethu Reconciliation Race over the past seven years and are proud to get behind a race that aims to bring people together in the spirit of ‘ubuntu’, while encouraging them to reach their health and fitness goals,” says Adams.
“The event aligns with the RCS company ethos “Let’s Make it Possible” and enables us to invest in this community,’’ he adds.
As a provider of credit and insurance solutions and owned by one of the largest banks in Europe, BNP Paribas, RCS prides itself on offering convenience and peace of mind to clients to enjoy all the adventures that life offers, while pursuing their individual goals. It’s this pursuit that led them to the world of running and to sponsoring events such as the RCS Gugs Race and RCS SOX Trail run which takes place over 3 days in the Garden Route region.
Runners can enter via www.entrytime.com or at the venue on race day from 05:30 onwards.