The Mother City Radiates in a Sea of Pink at the Totalsports Women’s Race

Lisha Van Olselen
Lisha Van Olselen. ©Mark Sampson

On Sunday, 01 October 2023 the streets of the Mother City were immersed in a sea of pink as runners and walkers from all walks of life toed the line at the much-anticipated Totalsports Women’s Race in support of PinkDrive and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

What made the day even more special this year was that event organisers, Stillwater Sports, collaborated with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, in conjunction with Western Province Athletics, to jointly host the Cape Town edition of the Totalsports Women’s Race, which also included the renowned Big Walk, making it a massive, colorful celebration of unity and a great cause.

Lisha Van Olselen (Stellenbosch) celebrated her Totalsports Women’s Race Cape Town debut by claiming the top spot on the podium in the 10km race in a time of 37 minutes 51 seconds.

The Mother City Radiates in a Sea of Pink at the Totalsports Women's Race
The Mother City Radiates in a Sea of Pink at the Totalsports Women’s Race. ©Mark Sampson

“I’m originally from Durban, so I’ve done the Durban race quite a few times. I’ve always just loved the atmosphere that the Totalsports races bring and I’m always keen for a race with a lot of participants,” says Van Olselen. “My goal was to run strong. I knew that it was a hilly course from what people told me. I focused on my stride up the hills, not to work too hard, but still be strong enough and then make up pace on the downhills. We were together at about the 4km to 5km mark. It was on the big hill that I decided to keep the pace. I happened to be in the front from then and just kept it strong.”

 

“It felt amazing to run in the Mother City,” continues Van Olselen. “I loved the course. It’s definitely challenging, but it plays more towards my strength because I love hills. It felt really special to cross the finish line in first place. I’ll definitely be back next year.”

 

Mia Steyler came in second, while Betha Sitariko finished third.

 

“The Totalsports Women’s Race in Cape Town exceeded our expectations in every way, with thousands of women and supporters coming together to make it a truly memorable day,” says Nikki Crous, Head of Marketing at Totalsports. “The atmosphere was electric, and the spirit of unity and empowerment was evident. We are immensely proud to have been part of this celebration of women’s strength and determination. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event such a resounding success.”

 

Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport Anroux Marais welcomed the staging of the event for various reasons.

Marais said: “Wellness for the people of our province is one of the key priorities of the Western Cape Provincial Government. An active and healthy lifestyle enhances wellness. This should be a focus for all of us, every day. Furthermore, the economic stimulus derived from events such as this will greatly benefit our tourism and hospitality industries, which are major contributors to job creation and economic growth. Today’s events provide us with a lovely opportunity to enjoy the scenic splendor of our beloved Cape Town, and to do so as a community united in its diversity,” Marais concluded.

 

EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Totalsports Women’s Race Cape Town

The Totalsports Women’s Race encourages a healthy lifestyle and invites all women (grandmothers, aunts, sisters, mothers, and daughters) to run united in support of PinkDrive. The 10km race started at 08:00 at Grand Parade, followed by the 5km event at 08:10.

 

ENTRY INCLUDED: Each entrant received a fitted Event T-shirt and finisher’s medal, while getting to enjoy an entertaining route with vibrant refreshment points and a Live Performance at the finish.

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: The celebration closed off with a fantastic live performance by renowned South African electronic music band, GoodLuck.

 

CHARITY SUPPORT: The Totalsports Women’s Race proudly supports PinkDrive. A Non-Profit Company (NPC), PinkDrive is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, providing and offering free services to the medically uninsured across South Africa.

 

PRIZE PURSE: The Totalsports Women’s Race boasted an impressive, combined prize purse of R202 500,00 in 2023. That equates to a R67 500,00 prize purse per city (Joburg, Durban and Cape Town). Prize money was allocated to the Top Ten finishers in the Open Category, with the Open Winner taking home R12 000,00, the second-place finisher R10 000,00 and the third-place finisher R8 000,00. Prize money was also allocated to the top 3 finishers in the Junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ categories. To view the 2023 Prize Purse Breakdown visit: www.totalsportswomensrace.co.za

 

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For more information on PinkDrive visit www.pinkdrive.org  For further information on the Totalsports Women’s Race visit www.totalsportswomensrace.co.za