The 2020 SPAR Grand Prix Women's Challenge series has been cancelled, due to the nationwide lockdown and the cancellation of events involving large numbers of people.
As a result, all six SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge events scheduled for 2020 have been cancelled. Although South Africans are currently allowed to exercise, they are not allowed to run in groups, making races involving thousands of runners impossible. This is part of a worldwide trend that has played havoc with sporting events around the world and also in South Africa.
In the SPAR Grand Prix, elite women athletes score points in all six of the 10km Challenge races and at the end of the year take home cash prizes in various categories, including the open category and four age groups.
“We are very disappointed that one of SPAR’s premier sponsorships has had to be cancelled this year," says SPAR Group Marketing Executive Mike Prentice. "SPAR prioritises the health and well-being of all its customers and community members, including the thousands of women who compete in the SPAR Women’s Challenge series every year. The decision was clear-cut. We will obviously be guided by government as we move into 2021, but we are already planning for next year. We expect all six SPAR 10km Challenge races – in Nelson Mandela Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Tshwane and Johannesburg – to take place and, with them, the SPAR Grand Prix. We understand that many elite runners earn their living from running races and therefore we will be offering a total prize money pool of around R600 000 for the Grand Prix and, of course, this is over and above the very substantial prize money available in each of the races.”