The SPAR Women’s Challenge is finally here

Get those tekkies ready for the annual SPAR Women’s Challenge Series and SPAR Grand Prix that starts this weekend.

This Sunday the SPAR Women’s Challenge Series incorporating the SPAR Grand Prix sets off with the first race taking place in Cape Town.

Don’t fret if you are not near as, with five other grand prixs, there’s bound to be a race near you.

2023 SPAR Grand Prix calendar:

  • Cape Town – April 23 – Green Point Precinct
  • Gqeberha – May 27 – Pollok Beach, Summerstrand
  • Durban – June 25 – Kings Park Stadium
  • Mbombela – July 15 – Mbombela Stadium
  • Tshwane – August 5 – SuperSport Park
  • Joburg – October 1 – Marks Park Sporting Club

What makes this year even better? New sponsors have joined the race and as a result, one lucky participant will win a newly launched Proton X50 SUV worth R450 000.

Who can win? If you are over the age of 18, you will be entered into a Proton lucky draw at each of the six races. The six drawn participants will travel to Gauteng as VIP guests for the SPAR Grand Prix Awards at the end of the year, where the final draw will take place.  

No one will leave empty handed as the five runners-up will receive Proton prizes, while the winner drives home in the luxury Proton car.

“We at Proton South Africa are thrilled to announce our partnership as a headline sponsor for the 2023 SPAR Women’s Challenge and SPAR Grand Prix Series,” says Proton South Africa marketing manager Sarah Ferrier. 

“We believe that this partnership is a perfect match for us as it allows us to showcase our brand and our values of excellence, determination, and perseverance. 

“We see this as an exciting opportunity to support women in sports and encourage an active lifestyle. We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious event and look forward to a successful partnership with SPAR and all the athletes involved,” adds Ferrier.

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The top three of the 2022 10km SPAR Grand Prix Gqeberha race ran at the Nelson Mandela University. Selam Gebre (third), Helalia Johannes (first) and Tadu Nare (second). Photo: Rogan Ward.

South African based luxury accessories company Superfine will for the second time this year team up with the SPAR Grand Prix series.

Superfine specialises in eyewear, premium watches and perfumes. Each race winner will receive a substantial Superfine voucher and age category winners of the overall SPAR Grand Prix will also receive vouchers. Every participant in the six SPAR Women’s 10km races will also receive a discount on Superfine products.

“We are very happy to join hands with the SPAR Grand Prix once again this year. We believe the series is a wonderful way to showcase the skills and talents of women,” says Superfine managing director Nigel Smit.

Modern Athlete who has long been associated with the SPAR Women’s 10 km Challenge and the SPAR Grand Prix series will once again be the official media partner of the SPAR Grand Prix Series.

“Modern Athlete is proud to be involved in the SPAR Grand Prix series once again,” says director Roxanne Martin. “Our goal is to bring inspirational stories to the running community and to tell the stories of amazing women doing amazing things. 

“Empowering women in sport, especially in running, is important to us and as a publication we achieve this. We look forward to another competitive series with great racing and excitement.”

 More information can be found on the SPAR Grand Prix websites: /

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