The Rhino Run, an annual conservation running event, will take place this Sunday 16 September in cities across the country. The Run will take place in Kenton, Port Elizabeth, George, Cape Town, Durban and in Gauteng, will see a growing number of people take to the trails in order to raise awareness and funds in support of rhino conservation.
Originating in 2012 after three rhinos were poached at Kariega Game Reserve, the Run has raised around R725, 000 for their beneficiary organisations; the Kariega Foundation, Saving The Survivors, Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP), and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation. This year’s events will hope to add even more to this cause.
Despite being one of the smallest communities to host the race, Kenton’s run has historically been one of the largest contributors to the cause. In 2017 they raised the most funds of the year, and hope to continue the trend this weekend.
The race will take place at Homewoods Restaurant at the Kenton Blue Flag Beach, and will be a mix of beach and road running through the Kenton Eco Estate. The Kenton Rhino Run, organised this year by Live Adventure in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Tourism, will consist of two race distances – a 5km and 12km race suited for all levels of runners.
Entries are open now on the Rhino Run Website, however those that do not register before the day can still register on the day. Race sign-in and late registration will open at 7:30am, with the pre-race briefing scheduled for 9:45am. The 12km race will begin at 10:00am sharp, with the shorter distance kicking off ten minutes later.
Spot prizes and race medals will be up for grabs, and all proceeds will serve to help prevent the poaching of rhinos in the future.