Man­dela walk and run set to be spe­cial

Half marathon adds to ap­peal

Sowetan - - Dipapadi -

Thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants have started col­lect­ing their en­tries for this year’s Man­dela Re­mem­brance Walk and Run, which takes place this Sun­day at the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria.

Race col­lec­tion points opened at the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion to­day and will move to the Union Build­ings to­day and to­mor­row be­tween 9am and 7pm.

Late reg­is­tra­tions will still be ac­cepted at the Union Build­ings race col­lec­tion point this week­end ahead of the event on Sun­day, which sees the in­tro­duc­tion for the first time this year of a 21km half marathon, in ad­di­tion to the 5km walk and 10km run of pre­vi­ous editions.

On­line en­tries for the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar event on the road run­ning cal­en­dar will re­main open at www.man­delawalka­n­drun.com un­til mid­night tonight.

The en­try fee is R50 for the 5km walk, R100 for the 10km run and R150 for the 21km run.

There will be nom­i­nal win­ner’s prize money of R5 000 for the elite run­ners in each age and gen­der cat­e­gory tak­ing on the 10km and half­marathon route.

All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive draw­string bags from Lotto con­tain­ing a Lotto shirt, cap and more event good­ies.

Some of South Africa’s top per­son­al­i­ties have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in this year’s Man­dela Re­mem­brance Walk and Run on Sun­day, which will be a spe­cial fam­ily event that will take in points of sig­nif­i­cance in Madiba’s and South Africa’s po­lit­i­cal jour­ney.

Bafana Bafana foot­ball le­gends Shaun Bartlett, Doc­tor Khu­malo and Aaron Mokoena are tak­ing part, as is wheel­chair ten­nis sen­sa­tion Kgothatso Mon­t­jane and elite ath­letes such as 2016 Com­rades win­ner Charne Bos­man, who has been joined this week in the race by an­other for­mer Com­rades win­ner in the pop­u­lar Lud­wick Mam­abolo.

Olympian Chris­tine Kalmer, for­mer SA marathon champ Bene­dict Mo­eng and for­mer World Stu­dent Games half­marathon sil­ver medal­list Collen Mu­laudzi will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Charis­matic busi­ness­man, for­mer Gaut­eng premier and hu­man set­tle­ments minister Tokyo Sexwale has also con­firmed his par­tic­i­pa­tion. – Sowe­tan Re­porter

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Lud­wick Mmabolo.

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