The 2011 TFM Tomato Trot is certainly an event not to be missed! As proud sponsors, TFM has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this growing event. This years race promises the same challenges and enjoyment for the competitors and even more fun for the spectators. The 15km event has always been a tough ask for the racers with predominantly off-road conditions and usually hot and humid weather to go with it. Incorporating some grueling climbs as well as some moderate track sections, this is not for the faint of heart. 2010 attracted nearly 500 competitors in this event and 2011 promises even more.
For the family there is the easy 5km fun run / walk. This is a huge hit with nearly 1000 participants taking part. Moms and Dads, Grannies and Grandpas of all shapes and sizes take to the route with undisguised grins in the true spirit of the event. Billed as a fun event, that‘s exactly what it delivers every year. Covering some dirt roads as well as crossing a farm or two, there is no want for better scenery. The stunning location is a huge part of what makes this race so enjoyable. The watering point on the Oribi Lawns farm remains one of my personal favorites of all races.
The 15km mountain bike event has also attracted a larger and larger field each year. This relatively short cycle race makes it viable for nearly anyone with a mountain bike. 2010 saw a total of 150 participants. The overall comment from cyclists is that the route was well organised and a good challenge.
Safety is a big part of the day for us and we are once again proud to have a Dynamic EMS ambulance on standby at the school.
As always there is loads to do before and after the racing. On offer for the little ones is a water slide and jumping castles, plenty of good food for all and a tent with ice cold beer and soft drinks for the thirsty. There are various stalls and other fun activities for all to enjoy. Remember to stay for a while afterwards and enjoy some good music and dancing at the after party. This year we are also offering a free camp site for those who wish to stay over (you even get hot showers thrown in!). Now all we have to do is convince Uncle Arrie to make us breakfast on Sunday morning.
While the date may change and the entries grow each year, some things remain the same - The stories! From the youngest to the eldest the event never fails to bring scenes of joy, with brave tales of determination and ultimately success from our little runners of the future as they jog or ride red faced across a finish line they thought would never come. Its all smiles as the children discuss the race step by step. Some too young to run or walk themselves have the pleasure of being pushed along by mom or dad in a pram while others choose to cycle next to their parents. Whatever the means, it‘s all worth it in the end.
Placed: 1/26/2011 12:08:00 PM