SPAR has announced the 2021 return of its SPAR Grand Prix series for South Africa’s top women athletes.
That’s after last year’s series did not take place due to the global pandemic.
The first SPAR Invitational Grand Prix will be in Durban on 27 June, followed by the Tshwane race on 7 August and the Pietermaritzburg Invitational on 22 August. The Cape Town Invitational takes place on 4 September and the Johannesburg race will be run on 3 October. The final race will be in Gqeberha on 9 October.
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Coronavirus protocols mean that the race fields will be much smaller this year, but there will still be prize money of R100 000 for each race. The ultimate winner of the SPAR Grand Prix will receive R185 000.
After consultations with Athletics South Africa and government, it was decided to limit each race to 250 runners, with no spectators allowed. Entry is strictly by invitation and the six races will be known as the SPAR Grand Prix 10km Invitational.
Each race will be live-streamed and a highlights package will be broadcast on SABC TV.
There will be no SPAR Challenge series this year. Instead, women around the country will be encouraged to enter the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge to be staged in later this year.