South African Athletics

Boucher, Sandes run for rhinos

2014-09-22 09:49
Mark Boucher (Gallo)
Cape Town - On Monday, September 22, Africa’s most prestigious trail run kicks off at Nature’s Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.

From Nature’s Valley, the Otter Trail Run presented by Salomon and Gu will move east, including crossing the Bloukrans River, for 42km and end at Storm’s River Mouth. Contestants will have a maximum of 8 hours to negotiate some of the toughest terrain known to the sport.

Cricket legend and more recently Rhino conservationist, Mark Boucher, caught wind of the Otter Trail Run earlier this year, and decided to set himself the challenge of completing the grueling run to raise awareness for his charity, the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy.

“I was always a highly competitive athlete and have been a bit of a runner throughout my career. Since retiring from cricket, I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself physically, and the Otter seemed the perfect fit. I also thought it would be a great platform for my charity because the Otter Run falls on World Rhino Day.” 

To help Boucher in his cause, he enlisted the services of trail running legend and good friend Ryan Sandes, to run the route with him and make sure he finishes within the allotted time. Sandes, a former winner of the Otter, has had a phenomenal year on the trails across the world. In light of his heavy year, he decided to join the run for rhino’s as opposed to going all out and challenging for honours at this year's race.

“It’s a great honour for me to support Mark’s charity. The Otter is one of my favourite trails, so to help him get through it and raise awareness for a great cause is something I’m really looking forward to.”

The race organisers have also put their weight behind the charity. At the post event prize giving, they will auction off the celebrity pair’s signed race jerseys in a limited edition Otter 2014 frame, the proceeds of which will go towards the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy.

In addition, an SMS shortcode has been set up for the public to donate R10 per SMS. To donate, all you need to do is SMS ‘rhino’ to 48800.

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