Gauteng prepares for the bestmed Tuksrace – one of the largest in the province

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Following the successful Bestmed
TuksRace last year, which highlighted the successful partnerships of
educational institutions, corporate and non-profit organisations, the 2015
Bestmed TuksRace returns again on Saturday, 21st February with an expected
field of 13,000 participants in running, walking and wheelchair races.
With its focus on community and family participation, the event this year
will include the new 1km race dedicated to raising awareness and funds for
cancer, as well as the 21.1 km, 10km and 5km races and the 10km wheelchair
Dries La Grange, CEO of Bestmed says that it’s great to see such a mix of
participants, from professional runners and walkers, wheelchair
participants to families and children. “With our goal to encourage healthy
living and preventative healthcare, we are committed to sponsoring and
supporting events, such as the Bestmed TuksRace, which since our
partnership in 2011, has become one of the foremost events on the South
African calendar.”

Bestmed’s relationship with the University of Pretoria spans six decades.
To date the partnership includes the sponsorship of the TuksAthletics
stable – the imminent TuksRace, TuksAthletics, the First Aid and Sports
Trauma unit at TuksSport, the Medical Science Unit at the High Performance
Centre (HPC), and the University of Pretoria Football Club.

The main beneficiary of the event is the Cancer Association of South Africa
(CANSA), and in order to emphasise this, La Grange and the Vice Chancellor
of the University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl De La Rey, will be
competing with each other in a newly introduced 1km race dedicated to
cancer. La Grange will donate 50 times the entry fee of the 1km race,
should Prof De La Rey win. “Everybody has a friend, family member or
colleague that has been affected by this disease; as such we invite the
public to take part in this race, where they can donate towards the CANSA
proceeds. Each participant of this race will receive a pink flag,” says La

Entries to the race are still open and online registrations close on the 17
thFebruary 2015. People can enter or get further details on .

*Entries will be taken at the venue from 04:00 until 5 minutes before the
start of the race.*

*Grand Masters run for half price. (Entries on Race Day only)*

*Great Grand Masters and blind runners run for free. (Entries on Race Day

*21.1km Race is pre-entries only (no on-the-day entries allowed).*

*Pre-entries will be at all the shops mentioned below until the 19th
February 2015, as well as at the hpc (Burnett Street entrance to the UP
Sports Campus) on the 19th and 20th February 2015 from 17:00 until 19:00*

– *Run-a-way Sports, 302 Freesia Street, Lynnwood Ridge, Tel: (012) 361
3733 until 19th February 2015*
– *Running Inn, c/o Lynnwood and Jan Shoba Streets, Brooklyn, Tel:
(012)362 7322*
– *Wannabee, Hatfield Campus until 20th February 2015 until 16:00*
– *Wannabee, Groenkloof Campus until 20th February 2015 until 16:00*
– *The Sweat Shop, Dunkeld, Tel: (011) 325 2567 until 19th February 2015*
– *The Sweat Shop, Fourways, Tel: (011) 467 5966 until 19th February
– *The Sweat Shop, Centurion, Tel: (012) 665 0048 until 19th February
– *Online entries until 17th February 2015 at 24:00*
– *Online entries can be collected at the hpc (Burnett Street entrance
to the UP Sports Campus) on 20th February 2015 from 17:00 until 19:00 and
from 04:30 to 05:50 on race day*

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