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Fundrais­ing NPO Dis­tance For Dis­tance (D4D) has of­fi­cially launched The Real Grat­i­tude Run, which will take place on Satur­day 24 Oc­to­ber.

Avid run­ners will be able to par­tic­i­pate in any of four dif­fer­ent chal­lenges: fur­ther, higher, quicker or cre­ative. “The event is vir­tual, but the run­ning is real – some­thing real mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence,” says D4D founder Stéphan Pi­eterse.

“Peo­ple world­wide are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate and open their hearts to chil­dren in need. Al­though we can’t come to­gether in one lo­ca­tion, we can still make an im­pact to­gether. The R119 en­try fee is to re­mind us of how Covid-19 has ef­fected the en­tire world and that we are in this to­gether. Our hope is that all of you will help us to spread word of this event.”

Run­ners can par­tic­i­pate in the range of cat­e­gories in­di­vid­u­ally or as part of a team.

The fur­ther cat­e­gory is a dis­tance chal­lenge com­pris­ing three legs – three, six and 12 hours for in­di­vid­u­als and teams (cor­po­rates, or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools).

A re­lay team can have a min­i­mum of six and max­i­mum of 20 par­tic­i­pants. There will be prizes for in­di­vid­u­als and teams go­ing the fur­thest in rge three, six and 12 hours, while spe­cial recog­ni­tion will be given to schools, cor­po­rates and or­gan­i­sa­tions with the most en­tries and those who com­pleted the most com­bined kilo­me­tres.

The higher cat­e­gory for in­di­vidi­als is an el­e­va­tion chal­lenge with three legs – who will go the high­est (one) and who will be the quick­est to the top (two and three).

The most el­e­va­tion me­tres in a 12-hour pe­riod (06:00 to 18:00) is the Mafadi Chal­lenge (3 450 m) and the Ta­ble Moun­tain Chal­lenge (1 084 m).

The quicker cat­e­gory, with five legs, is de­signed for tra­di­tional run­ners or walk­ers and is a time chal­lenge for in­di­vid­u­als. You can choose to do the 1 miler (1 609 m), 5 km, 10 km, half marathon (21,1 km) or marathon (42,2 km).

The cre­ative cat­e­gory presents some­thing dif­fer­ent as it is a run­ning art chal­lenge for in­di­vid­u­als. It has three op­tions – an­i­mals; trans­port and open – and use your track­ing de­vice or run­ning track­ing app to cre­ate some awe­some art.

To en­ter The Real Grat­i­tude Run, visit For more de­tails on the event, con­tact Ta­cia Roux on

082 415 5595, visit or find Dis­tance for Dif­fer­ence on Face­book.

Stéphan Pi­eterse, Charl Pi­eterse, An­dré Jor­daan, Heidi Jor­daan and Malan Bos­man at the first Grat­i­tude Run hosted in Oc­to­ber 2016.

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