Laser event eyes even bigger field this year


FOCUSED ON AWARENESS: Runners head down Beaconhurst Drive for the last stretch of the 5km and 10km of last year’s Laser Challenge. The event, held to raise awareness of refractive eye laser surgery, hopes to attract 2000 runners this year Picture: FILE

THE second race on this year’s East London road running calendar will be the annual East London Hospital Laser Challenge, which will start and end at Beacon Bay Country Club this
With 1900 participants last year, the organisers are hoping to up the numbers to 2000 runners this year.
The same route will be used, due to it being fast and safe, with the race starting at 6.30am.
East London Athletics Club chairman and Laser Challenge organiser, Graham Reynolds said the finish had been altered to accommodate the number of athletes.

Mobi chips for the 10km had also been introduced this year to speed up the finish and
results. “The race is called the East London Eye Hospital Laser Challenge, with [the Eye
Hospital] being our sponsors. The race hopes to raise awareness regarding the option of
laser refractive surgery, which reduces dependency on spectacles or contact lenses for people with various eye problems,” Reynolds said.

The entry fee is R70 for the 10km and R35 for the 5km. Entry for the 10km is closed but
entries for the 5km can be made at the Beacon Bay Country Club today and tomorrow from 2 to 7pm, and on the morning of the race from 5.30 to 6.30am. For inquiries, contact Reynolds on 082-448-0727


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