Feedback from the 30th Freshpak Fitness Festival
On 1 October this year, over 1 200 athletes flocked to Clanwilliam for the 30th annual Freshpak Fitness Festival supported by Rooibos Ltd. Various biathlon, duathlon and triathlon events, including special events for children, formed part of the programme. The athletes included professionals, local residents and health and fitness fanatics. The main beneficiary of the event is CANSA.
The winner of the triathlon was Nick Quenet from Stellenbosch, finishing in a time of 1:05:53. Celeste Renaud, a student from Rondebosch, came first in the women's event.
Well-known media personalities and sports celebrities taking part in the triathlon as special guests included Jade Hübner, a Top Billing presenter, and Theo Blignaut, SA pro triathlon athlete. Cornelia Liebenberg, a blind athlete, inspired other athletes and supporters by finishing the triathlon with the support of her guide, Alwin Deale.
Local residents also performed well at the festival. Bernie van der Heever finished third in the Veteran Biathlon. In the biathlon for teams local residents Stephen Koopman and Gertjie Ruiters (Team 918) came first, with Jacques Basson and Dawid Lourens (Team 920, Rooibos Ltd employees) finishing in second place.
The winners of the duathlon for teams were Martin Bergh (MD of Rooibos Ltd) and Lorenzo Pieters.
Herman Kotze, a local resident, walked from Cape Town to Clanwilliam to raise funds for CANSA, having lost various family members to cancer. He arrived in Clanwilliam on the day of the festival after having covered 261 km in ten days. People can still support his fund-raising initiative at www.givengain.com/ap/walkathon.
See the results of the Freshpak Fitness Festival at www.freshpakfitnessfestival.co.za. For more information, also see Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Take a look at this video from the recent 30th Freshpak Fitness Festival.
Did you know?
- 58 marshals supported athletes along the run route
- 50 SAPS and traffic officials supported athletes on the cycling route
- 50 people worked at the water points (Business Chamber and Standard Bank)
- 50 staff members from Rooibos Ltd helped with registration and logistics
Marshals were trained to work on the run routes and to help ensure a well-organised event.
Organisers and special guests at the 30th Freshpak Fitness Festival included (from left) Gerda de Wet (Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd), Colleen Jacka (Tri&DuSport), Jade Hübner (Top Billing presenter), Clare Dodd Hodgson (Tri&DuSport) and Theo Blignaut (SA pro triathlon athlete and special guest).
Group winners of the biathlon (from left): In second place, Jacques Basson and Dawid Lourens (employees from Rooibos Ltd) and in first place Gertjie Ruiters and Stephen Koopman.
Athletes are ready to take on the triathlon.
Nick Quenet, winner of the triathlon, nearing the finish line.
Nick Quenet, winner of the triathlon for men with Jade Hübner,
Top Billing presenter and special guest at the Freshpak Fitness
Festival, and Celeste Renaud, winner of the triathlon for
Residents from Clanwilliam participated in the biathlon: 918 - Gertjie Ruiters, 920 – Jacques Basson (Rooibos Ltd employee)
and Lorenzo Pieterse in the Maties top.
Aerial photograph of the 30th Freshpak Fitness Festival.
Residents from Clanwilliam acted as marshals at the festival.
Herman Kotze arrives at the Freshpak Fitness Festival after his
walkathon from Cape Town to raise awareness of the fight
Younger participants at the festival participate in the FitKids
Blind athlete Cornelia Liebenberg and her guide, Alwin
Deale, at the festival.
Mahmood Mall, Freshpak's brand manager, and Martin
Bergh, Managing Director of Rooibos Ltd, at the festival.