Gravel and Dirt series heads to Mariental

Nature and sports enthusiast will be happy to know that the fourth leg of the Gravel and Dirt Mountain Bike (MTB) series will be taking place in Mariental this coming weekend.

The Africa Safari Lodge Ride/Run is ideal for sport lovers who enjoy running or cycling and would love to do so surrounded by the wonderment of nature. Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division has once again thrown its full weight behind the annual event with a co-sponsorship of N$100 000.

“At Standard Bank we understand the importance sport plays in the physical and emotional well-being of our people. It has an endless number of benefits, including improving your performance at work, increasing productivity and concentration is improved during tasks in your daily life. Physical activity also plays a vital role in sustaining good mental health, we are therefore proud to be sponsoring this event once again,” said Standard Bank’s Acting Head of Marketing Sigrid Tjijorokisa.

Tjijorokisa also said that the bank has committed itself to ensuring that Namibians adopt a healthy lifestyle by aligning itself with the development of various sports in the country through sponsorships.

The Africa Safari Lodge Ride/Run will take place on Saturday, 1 July. This year’s event is a crowd pleaser, in part because two new elements have been added which are a 10km trail for avid runners and an 80km route for cyclists.

“Whether you choose the running trail or cycling route, your mental resolve and physical endurance will be challenged, however I guarantee that it is rewarding. Additionally Danie Prinsloo will be performing live and setting the ambiance with his great tunes on the day,” Tjijorokisa explained.

Participants can decide whether they want to make use of the lodge accommodation or whether they want to make use of the campsites which are free of charge, however set up will at a cost of N$550 per person.

The next two following the Gravel and Dirt races on the books are the Ugab Terrace XCM on 22 July which will take place at Sophienhof Lodge and the MTB Dirt Attack on the 29 July just outside of Okahandja.