31st staging of Medical 10 race

12 October 2009

medical practitionersReturn fare: 19 of the 20 medical practitioners who did both the 1978 and the 2008 staging of the Medical 10 Fun Run.

This year's Medical 10 Fun Run and Walk will take place on Sunday 6 December, at the Western Province Cricket Club Sports Complex off Keurboom Road, Newlands.

The event is a 10-kilometre run for qualified health professionals, including nurses and paramedicals, around Rondebosch Common and Keurboom Park. This year the race will include, for the first time, a designated category for walkers.

The Medical 10 is one of the few handicap events staged in the Cape, with half a minute allowed for each year of age over 40. The walkers and the oldest runner start at 06h30, with a cut-off of 90 minutes.

The race was launched in 1978 to allow medical professionals to show their patients that, when it comes to healthy lifestyle options, they practise what they preach.

Last year there were 236 entrants, 20 of whom had also taken part in the inaugural event in 1978. Each of the 20 received a pair of wine glasses.

Thanks to sponsorships and entry fees, race organisers donated over R44 000 to Victoria Hospital last year. This will be used to replace the broken treadmill used for the hospital's cardiac assessments.

Entry forms will be available in October from Life Healthcare hospitals in the Western Cape - Kingsbury, Claremont, Vincent Palotti, and West Coast - or at the Life Health website. Enquiries can be made to Mathilda Mallinson on 021 402 1502.

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12 Oct 2009

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