I’m writing to you from a grey and overcast OR Tambo. In a couple of hours, I will be reunited with my fellow roadtrippers – Dan “Bangers&” Nash and Kim “Daddy” Hinrichs from Motion City Films. We are gearing up for our next adventure to document the #ContinentalR2S.
This year’s edition of the Continental Run2Stop Challenge, kicks off tomorrow from Continental’s manufacturing facility in PE.
Two teams comprising a mix of runners, cyclists and drivers will be pitted against each other and will have to overcome a series of challenges, harsh terrain and unpredictable conditions from PE to the finish line at the Kyalami Race Track on 2 November. Each 21-member team consists of three runners, three cyclists, two drivers, an allrounder and support personnel. Former Bafana Bafana players Bradley Carnell and Helman Mkhalele will lead the troops as the respective captains of this year’s event.
#R2S has been described as the most grueling endurance race in South Africa, as both sets of teams will tackle the great landscape of the Friendly City, through to the grassy plains of the Free State and then battle it out for top honours at the finish line in Jozi. The drivers will follow allocated routes and have a total of 2400km’s to cover per team, while the athletes will run / cycle a total of 1600km’s per team over the course of one week.
Apart from completing their allocated distances per day, the teams will also go head-to-head in a series of challenges from start to finish, commencing with a meal-packaging competition for Stop Hunger Now. The first team to pack the required number of meals will officially get clearance to get cracking on the arduous journey that awaits them.
Watch this space to see how you can get involved to aid in the campaign and Stop Hunger Now! Follow the action via live social network updates – Facebook http://www.facebook.com/continentalsa , Twitter via the #ContinentalR2S hashtag and @ContinentalSA and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/continentaltyresSA
Gentlemen! Start your engines.