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Another Bok star for the Epic

Former Springbok rugby player, Marius Hurter will once again be participating in the Absa Cape Epic in support of leading sports and education charity, the JAG Foundation.

Hurter will be joined by Christiaan Schutte, a dentist by profession and an adventure junkie of note.

An ex tighthead prop Hurter, along with other prolific sports heroes including Bok rugby players Chester Williams and Joel Stransky, will be donning his helmet for charity come March 2010. After an unfortunate detour at Stage Three of last year’s Epic, Marius and riding partner Christiaan have come out stronger and wiser and feel optimistic about 2010’s race.

Known for his prowess on the field, Hurter is a world class athlete who in addition to the participating in the Cape Epic has taken on the Ironman 70.3 triathlon and plans to participate in Ironman SA, the Two Oceans as well as the Comrades Marathon.

In addition to swimming and running, Marius and Christiaan are training approximately 10 hours a week.

ÔÇ£The first two days of the Epic are challenging and your body literally goes into shock,ÔÇØ says Marius. He continues: ÔÇ£We’re excited about participating again, this time as slightly more experienced riders and will be doing our utmost to rise to the Cape Epic challenge.ÔÇØ

Marius, along with other top local celebrities will be donning their helmets at this year’s Absa Cape Epic as JAG AllStars. Initiated in 2009, the JAG AllStars supporters club invites South Africans to join local sports stars to help inspire and encourage South Africa’s youth through sport. For more information and on how to support the JAG AllStars, visit

For those not participating in the full race, there is a call for entries into the one day mountain bike race, the MTN Cape Times Vigne a Vigne. Interested riders can register online at The Cape Times Lourensford Vineyard Run is a unique 11 km trail running race. The Vineyard Run (also on 28 March 2010) will start at 8.30am, providing participants with beautiful vistas and numerous climbs through the idyllic and picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate.