A Charity road running race set between the two coal towns of eMalahleni and Middelburg, open to young and old participants with the aim of raising funds for the less fortunate while we’re having fun!
The Rotary GTR started from humble beginnings 33 years ago.
The 10th of October 1987 marks the start of the largest charity event in Mpumalanga.
The 30 year achievement did not come without obstacles, but through hard work and dedication the GTR is stronger than ever.
With every obstacle and every change made over the years, the main focus of the race was always kept in mind – To always put the best interest of our charities at the top of the list in any difficult decision that had
to be made.
Ronald Reagan said “you cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
The aim of the GTR is to help as many people as possible.
The first train race hosted by the Witbank Coalfields Rotary Club was in aid of Child Welfare and Society for the aged. Over the last 30 odd a number of charities benefited from the Rotary GTR and many more will benefit
in years to come. This is however only possible through the sponsorships we receive from businesses and the entries for the race, be it teams or individuals.
The GTR creates a platform for the community & local businesses to rise up in unity and power to create change and bring relief for those who are in desperate need of upliftment and help.
The aim has always been and will always be to better the lives of the less fortunate and with the local community and businesses on our side, the GTR will keep on giving and helping where possible.
Entries are open 15 May 2019 - 31 July 2019
Saturday, 24 August 2019
NEW! Park & Ride system. Entry fee includes shuttle trips between Witbank Dam and Parking zones at Witbank High School. No dropping/parking at Witbank Dam.
4.9km Team Race:
Choose your teams preferred starting time slot: Staged from 8:20AM-12AM in 20 minute intervals.
R600 per team (5 x adults) – Runners and Walkers Runners/Walkers (Starting from 9:00am timeslots).
R375.00 per school team (5 x scholars) – Runners/Walkers (Primary School starting time 8:20am and High School starting time 8:40am)
Witbank Dam Leisure Resort, Next to swimming pool area, Mandela Road, eMalahleni
15km: R125.00 pp
Starting point: Plot 85, Jackaroo, R555 Road, eMalahleni
32km: R170 pp
Nkangala District Municipality, 2A Walter Sisulu Street, Middelburg
Distance 4.9km: R90.00 pp (all ages)
Starting point: Witbank Dam Leisure Resort, Next to swimming pool area, Mandela Road, eMalahleni
Bus Tickets: R70.00 (Middelburg – 15km start / Witbank High School – 15km / 32km Start)
Timing Chips: All participants entering the 32km event will receive timing chips in their registration packs which should be worn on your shoes. Please return your chip at the finish on race day.
Race capped at:
Closing date for entries:
R35.00 per licence (unlicensed individual entrants only)
20 000 participants
31 July 2019 or until the race cap has been reached (whichever comes first)
Collect your form and/or submit your entry at:
Race numbers must be collected on the following dates ONLY from 09:00 – 16:00
No Race Number tear off = No Medals
Fun Runners - No race sticker = No Medal
Bus transport will be available at R70 per ticket to all participants requiring transport to the 15km and 32km start points.
Busses will depart to 15 km and 32 km start points and are available from 5:00 am - 6:00 am ONLY.
The last bus will depart at 6:00 am from the following points:
1. Nkangala District Municipality, Hobson St, Middelburg (for the 15km start only).
Secure (paid) parking at Middelburg Care Village, Walter Sisulu Street, Middelburg for all long distance participants. You can pre-purchase your parking ticket on any of the number collection days.
Busses will return the athletes to Middelburg from 12:30 - keep your ticket!!!
2. Secure paid parking at Witbank High School, Beatty Avenue, eMalahleni (for the 15km and 32km start). You can pre-purchase your parking ticket on any of the number collection days.
DO NOT BE LATE!!! Rather come early to avoid the traffic
No bus transport will be provided to Team and Fun Run participants from Middelburg. Please make your way to Witbank High School, eMalahleni. Shuttle busses will transport you to the Witbank Dam Resort from there.
NEW PARKING SYSTEM
In an effort to eliminate the traffic congestion experienced last year, NO PARKING will be allowed at the Witbank Dam. Secure paid Parking is available to all Participants and spectators at Witbank High School and Laerskool Taalfees. A shuttle bus service will run between the school and the finish at Witbank Dam throughout the day. Shuttle fee: R30per return trip per person (participants wearing their race numbers do not have to pay – it has already been paid for with your entry fee).
The R555 (old road) from Middelburg to eMalahleni will be closed to traffic from 06:00 – 13:00 on the morning of Saturday 24 August 2019.
NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE RACE ROUTE WITHOUT A PERMIT (T’s & C’s apply).
32km and 15km
Team Run and Fun Run
Closing date for all entries 31 July 2019 or when the 20 000 cut-off is reached (which ever comes first)
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 15km – no under 15’s, 32km – no under 19’s, Fun Run (4.9km) – all ages
CLOSING DATE FOR PROMOTIONAL ITEM ORDERS 11 JULY 2019.
AGE: Minimun 10 years.
CLOSING DATE FOR PROMOTIONAL ITEM ORDERS 11 JULY 2019.
ROTARY GTR DISCLAIMER:
Participation in the Rotary GTR is done voluntarily and entirely at the risk of each and every participant. The Rotary GTR, the Rotary Clubs of Middelburg, Middelburg Cycad and Witbank, the Middelburg Marathon Club, the Organisers of the event, the Sponsors,
Volunteer Groups/Individuals, medical and/or emergency personnel will not be responsible and/or liable for any loss or damage, however caused from participation in the Rotary GTR, including pre-race and post race activities.
A vast number of community projects have benefited from the race during the past 30 years. The Rotary GTR remains a community investment project driven by the community for the community.
The race committee additionally supports the ‘Race for a Cause’ initiative whereby race entrants can voluntarily sponsor any of 4 organisations from R100. To support any of them, simply select the charity of your choice when completing your online entry.
Don't miss out on the 'GREATEST' social and corporate hospitality event of 2017.
Notably one of the largest charity events of its kind in the country, the Rotary GTR annually sets the stage for unlimited sponsorship opportunities and community investment. There are number of varied sponsorship opportunities still available for small
to large businesses as well as private individuals and organisations.
The Race Committee would like to appeal to companies in the surrounding communities to seriously consider becoming partners in this worthwhile community venture. For sponsorship information or general enquiries contact
086 11 TRAIN (87246) [OPTION 1] or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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