Get ready for the POST/Shoprite Heritage Day Fun Walk!

By Deena Pillay Time of article published Sep 18, 2015

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The POST/Shoprite Heritage Day Fun Walk is set to draw thousands of people to Durban’s beachfront on Thursday, September 24.

The annual event has become a key part of the city’s calendar of activities and offers much more than the walk. Every participant is encouraged to stay for lucky draw prizes that will be dished out throughout the programme that follows.

Scores of Shoprite and Checkers shopping vouchers will be handed out during the lucky draw. Also included will be other goodies, with the big prize being a holiday for two to a top South African game lodge.

FOR TICKETS:

You can either go online or visit one of the Computicket branches at the Money Market counters at all Checkers and Shoprite stores.

To register online you will need to access the site and click on ‘Sport’. Then click on ‘More Sport’ and scroll down until you find the icon that advertises the Heritage Day Walk. Click on the icon and follow the prompts. This will take you to the options of 5km or 10 km. Select whichever walk you want to participate in.

If you wish to purchase more than one ticket then drop your first purchase into the ‘basket’ and proceed with other bookings. Once you are finished you will need to print the ticket. If you do not have a printer you can record the booking number, present it to a Computicket outlet and request a printout.

Or simply visit the Money Market counter at a Checkers or Shoprite store near you. Tickets will also be available at Independent Media’s marketing department. You can contact POST marketing executive Tashni Brijmohan on 031 308 2557 or call at 18 Osborne Road, Greyville, to purchase them.

NB: The purchase of the ticket ensures that you are one of the 5 000 entrants who will receive a “goody bag”. You will then need to collect you goody bag and register for the walk.

Present your ticket at the Blue Lagoon Conference Centre on Sunday, September 20 between 12 and 5pm or September 21/22 between 4 and 6pm.

VENUE:

THE POST/Shoprite Heritage Day walk will start at the Green Hub, Blue Lagoon (opposite Coconut Grove) and proceed along the recently-constructed promenade.

Walkers, joggers and cyclists make good use of this scenic walkway that stretches from Blue Lagoon to uShaka Marine World, taking in the fresh sea breeze. Along the way you will come across many piers, leisure spaces and the paddling pools.

The 10km walk will start at 8am while the 5km walkers will set off 15 minutes later. Marshalls will guide participants under the Blue Lagoon bridge and on to the promenade. There might be a delay in the vicinity of the eThekwini paddling pools where the promenade bottle- necks. However, experienced marshals from the Woodview Athletic Club will be in attendance to ease the congestion at this point.

The 5km walkers will turn at the traffic circle (near the lifesavers’ club) where there will be a watering point. The 10km walkers will proceed along the promenade and turn at Dairy Beach where there will be a second watering point.

Participants then return (via the same route) to the Green Hub.

Checkers and Shoprite will have two soup trucks at the start/finish venue and all participants in the Heritage Day Fun Walk will receive a hot cup of nourishing soup before you walk. A vegetable variety will be available for Hindus who are embarking on the month-long Purtassi fast.

FREEBIES:

THE ‘goody bag’ that will be presented to walkers upon registration at the Blue Lagoon Conference Centre on designated days is something you cannot afford to miss out on.

It will contain a moisture management T-shirt valued at over R50, canned products from Rhodes, deodorant samples from Unilever, a one-day gym trial from Virgin Active valued at R185, a copy of POST newspaper and other goodies sourced by Shoprite and Checkers. The total value of the goody bag will be in excess of R250.

The total value of the goody bags we’re giving away for the Heritage Day Walk will be over R1.25 million.

If you consider that your 5km entry ticket costs R25, then you will receive 10 times that value with the goody bag.

Even if you’re not a fitness fundi, this offer is certainly worth the healthy sweat that a 5km walk will generate.

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