Lace up for Tomato Trot

The popular BUCO Tomato Trot, hosted by Lilyfontein School, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday.

The race was started in 1995 by local running and nature enthusiasts Danie Bessinger, John Brown, Rocco Kruger and Ivan Dewing.

At first, it consisted of a 15km running track marked out through the adjoining tomato farms but due to popular demand, accommodation was made for both walkers and cyclists.

Now, the Tomato Trot is made up of a 5km run/walk, a 15km run/walk and four cycle routes of 8km, 15km, 35km and 55km.

While the first race attracted a small group of just 36 participants, the modern Trot sees over 2,000 athletes taking part.

In addition to prizes for the winners, all participants will receive a packet of locally produced tomatoes upon completion.

Organisers also stress that the Tomato Trot is a #RunClean event, meaning plastic water satchets have been ditched in favour of reusable plastic cups which are collected at the end of the race.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.lilyfontein.co.za. Registration can be done at Lilyfontein School on Friday from 12pm to 3pm, at Oxford Striders on Friday from 4:30pm to 7pm and at Lilyfontein School on Saturday from 12pm to 30 minutes before the start of the race.

For more information, including entry fees, visit the Lilyfontein School website.

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