You just can’t keep a good race down! In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and in support of efforts to reduce infection numbers, this year the Pirates 21K Powered by Medshield, Joburg’s toughest and most anticipated half-marathon, will be a virtual one.
Unlike years gone by, where racers collectively gathered at a designated date and time, runners now have the luxury of choosing any Saturday or Sunday during the month of February before national curfew, to take on the challenge.
The circular route starts at Pirates Club, Braeside Road in Greenside and heads to the top of Northcliff Hill. The first half of the race has three challenging hills, starting after only one kilometre and then undulating with two more big climbs. The last peak is the King of the Mountain point at about 14km. The downhill after that is fast and fun with one last stinger before arriving back at Pirates Club.
Entry into the 2021 race is R120 and all potential runners are required to submit their entries before Thursday, 4 February 2021. Running clubs and individuals are all invited to lace up their trainers then put their strength, stamina and endurance to the test. Race packs can be collected from 8-10 am on any Saturday or Sunday in February from the Pirates Club, with those who register before 29 January receiving a free T-shirt, special edition medal and goodie bag.
Spot prizes will be awarded throughout February, along with a R5000 cash prize for the running club with the most entries, along with other fantastic giveaways.
To register, go to http://www.entrytickets.co.za/pirates21 or contact the Race Director for any questions and queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the following social media pages to stay up to date with the latest news and race developments:
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