Entrants per walk:
There are 6 152 entries under 18.
The most popular age group is 29 years old with 2 348 walkers. Those in their late twenties and early 30s are generally keen walkers as there are over 2 000 entrants in each age group between 27 and 31 years.
The oldest walker is 88 year old Margaret Jackson.
Last year’s winner, Lebogang Shange:
Lebogang won the 2011 Discovery 702 Walk the Talk 30km walk in a remarkable time of 2 hours, 37 minutes and 15 seconds.
Lebogang is only 21 years old and holds both the SA National Senior Championship titles for Road as well as Track & Field events.
Five cast members from SABC3’s hit soapie, Isidingo, will be walking. The cast members are:
Kgomosto Christopher who plays Katlego Sibeko
Marisa Drummond who plays Kimberley Lewis
Jay Anstey who plays Charlie Holmes
Tema Sebopedi who plays Lerato
Linda Sokhulu who plays Nikiwe Sibeko
Ex-Miss South Africa, Bokang Montjane will be walking her second Discovery 702 Walk the Talk.
Current Miss SA Teen, Celeste Khumalo will also be walking.
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is an important beneficiary of the event. Laureaus has allocated the funds raised through the walk (R10 from each entry into the 5km and 8km walks) to the Johannesburg Cubs, a cricket team that offers boys from disadvantaged backgrounds cricket coaching, the opportunity to play in a league with some of the top schools in Joburg as well as life skills sessions. A number of Laureus Ambassadors will also be walking on the day including Baby Jake Matlala, Lucas Radebe, Morne Du Plessis, Deshun Deysel, Cynthia Tshaka, Butch James and Desiree Ellis.
The dog walk is a fun part of the whole event. This year, Royal Canin will be sponsoring the dog walk and they always ensure that canine participants have a tailwagging time at the event. Participants can be assure that the wellbeing of our 2 and 4-footed walkers is a key concern and the entry of dogs is strictly controlled to ensure everyone enjoys the walk. Vets are on site to monitor the doggie walkers as well as to attend to any canine emergencies.
Walking the green talk
Discover and Talk Radio 702 are mindful of the impact such a large event has on the areas it moves through and as such ensures that as much waste as possible is separated and recycled. At the 2011 edition of the event, the following was separated and recycled after the event:
645 kilograms of cans
2 843kgs of cardboard
160kg newspapers and papers
925kg of coloured and smokey low density plastics
769kg of plastic bottles
736kg of common paper
722kg of glass
40kg of shrink wrap
340kg of white paper
Community builds a bridge
Each year, a portion of the proceeds from every 5km and 8km entry go towards a community legacy project that improves the areas directly affected by the event.
Suitable projects are submitted by the residents associations and last year, the Emmarentia Resident’s Association proposal was selected and proceeds went towards building a bridge over an ecologically sensitive wetland area in the Botanical Gardens.
The bridge is constructed from recycled plastic and spans 55m. It was unveiled on 20 June 2012. Proposals for the 2012 event are still being assessed and the project will be launched after the event.