Nedbank Bridge Run to include the coast

SPORTS REPORTER

WINDHOEK

The second edition of the Nedbank Bridge Run, billed as the country’s first-ever virtual run to raise funds for charitable causes, will be extended to include participants from the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, as well as Windhoek.

The race, which is themed ‘Run Alone, Stand Together’, will be hosted over a period of 12 days, starting today until Sunday, 27 September.

Hosted in collaboration with OTB Sports, the run gives Namibians an opportunity to take part in physical activity, and because the entry fees will be donated to charity, it also represents the bond between Namibians who, despite their own realities, are committed to sharing resources with the less fortunate.

Strengthening links

Nedbank chief financial officer, JG van Graan, said the event is aimed at fostering and strengthening links between and within communities.

“With the last Nedbank Bridge Run, we were able to raise just over N$100 000 to assist communities which have been negatively affected by Covid-19. “Therefore, we call on residents of Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay to take part, not only for their personal health, but as a way of giving back.”

Van Graan said participants can do the event multiple times during the competition period.

Each town will have routes over distances of 5 km and 10 km, and participants will need to download the STRAVA app and register before start.

Times will be recorded on the app and will be announced at the end of the race period.

Routes

Yvonne Brinkmann of OTB Sport said the Windhoek races will be contested along a set route of 5 km and 10 km, starting and finishing at the Olympia swimming pool. “We will also have a 5 km route in the Eros suburb, which starts at Klein Windhoek Guesthouse. The coastal races will be contested along the Esplanade in Walvis Bay and in the Mole area of Swakopmund,” she said.

Entries are available online at events.otbsport.com. Registration for the 5 km will cost participants N$150, while the 10 km goes for N$190.

The first 300 people to register will receive a free gift.

For more information, contact Brinkmann at yvonne@otbsport.com.