Fun For All At The Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run
Do you love Madiba and all he stood for? Well, it’s time to gear up with fellow Tata lovers for the annual Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run – the biggest and most celebrated event on SA’s recreational calendar. Hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Gauteng Provincial Government, this run promises to deliver entertainment for the whole family – and give back to charity.
Choose between 5km, 10km and 21km
The event takes place on Sunday 8 December 2019, where tens of thousands of South African social and professional walkers and runners will once again again take on a 5km, 10km or 21km distance, starting and finish at the Union Buildings.
Last year’s half marathon attracted some of South Africa’s top runners such as marathon superstar, Stephen Mokoka and, former Comrades Marathon winners, Charne Bosman and Ludwick Mamabolo. Other athletes who participated in the various events last year included US Open wheelchair tennis semi-finalist, Kgothatso Montjane as well as football legends, Shaun Bartlett, Kalusha Bwalya and Jabulani Mendu.
The two running categories will have prize money of R5 000 in each age and sex category. Race numbers for the run will include Champion Chip timing for professional runners.
About the walk
The walk will again be held alongside the Nelson Mandela Liberation Route, a significant tourist attraction, which boasts various heritage sites linked to the former South African President’s political history. There will also be loads of entertainment for the kids and child minders will be available to look after them. There will also be food stalls and a concert on the lawns as well as fitness and boxing displays and plenty of fun for all.
Entry fee is R50 for the 5km walk, R100 for the 10km run and R150 for the 21km run. The public is encouraged to register on mandelawalkandrun.com
“The Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2019 launched its new strategy, Broadening Impact by Reaching Deeper. This strategy is a commitment to South Africans and the world, that the Nelson Mandela Foundation will continue the work of Nelson Mandela to contribute to a just and equitable society. There is no better event than the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run to showcase South Africans of all walks of life coming together to tangibly illustrate the diverse society we all strive for. We look forward to welcoming all participants to this very special event,” says Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “In the next twenty years, we reaffirm the reason and purpose given to us by our founder ‘to promote and develop the cause of peace, human rights and democracy.”
“Madiba’s legacy was that of a society that is united in the quest for non-racialism, social justice, human equality, peace and prosperity for all and we will again be doing the Remembrance Walk and Run to honour his commitment. The Walk and Run continues to grow from strength to strength each year. We urge Gauteng to come out in numbers to be part of this very special event. Through this event we are also hoping to encourage the province to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle,” said Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Mbali Hlophe.
Participants for the walk and run can enter online on www.mandelawalkandrun.com. In-person registration will also take place at the following outlets:
- Sweatshop – Centurion & Dunkeld
- KUMO – Sandton
- Runaway Sports – Pretoria
- Orlando Community Centre – Johannesburg
- Pilditch Stadium – Pretoria
All proceeds raised from the entry fees are donated to The Nelson Mandela Foundation to continue with the work the foundation does to preserve and promote Madiba’s legacy.
Other sponsors for the Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run are the City of Tshwane, ASPEN Pharma Care, PEPSI, Jacaranda FM and Independent Media.