The much awaited ACE annual road race off on Saturday, January 17th 2015 at Eersterust Stadium, Pretoria.
“Once again we are excited about the ACE race; we have been sponsoring the race for the past five years because we believe that this race and similar ones are a great way for people to achieve optimal health.
At Bestmed we believe in a healthy and active lifestyle and we emphasise that through our four pillars of wellness, namely Be Active; Be Nutri-wise; Be Safe and Be Happy,” says Bestmed’s Communication’s Manager, Sasja La Grange.
With the aim to involve and uplift the community, the ACE club recruits disadvantaged people within the community to assist with the organization of the race. The Community Police Forum which constitutes about 40 unemployed members will be responsible for safety and security.
A community NGO, Victory Outreach, a rehabilitation home for substance abusers, and other troubled individuals, will be hired to assist with all the branding, marshalling and other required race aspects. ACE is one of the very few clubs which allows free entry to the unemployed; juniors and senior citizens.
“This is a community race therefore the community and its member should be involved one way or the other. They have to benefit from this event either by taking part, assisting along the route or providing a service,” La Grange adds.
The ACE race was launched 23 years ago with an initial number of 984 runners. Due to its popularity and the eagerness of the community and surrounding areas to participate, the number of runners continues to increase year on year.
The ACE race consists of the 5km Fun run, 10km, and 21km routes.
The 21km route previously included the East Lynn section but as of this year it will be encompassed in Eersterus as well.
The race is suitable for professional, fun runners, individuals and is also a great way for families to have a fun filled and active day with their children.
“We are very proud to be involved with the ACE race and we will continue to support such initiatives,” concludes La Grange.
Entries to the race are still open until January 15 (Friday).
Entries will also be taken at the venue from 04:00 until 5 minutes before the start of the race.
A portion of the proceeds will go to CANSA.
People can enter or get further details at www.just-events.co.za