Big names lace up for Mandela Walk, Run on Sunday
ALL is set for the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run expected to bring an end to the centenary celebrations.
Thousands of participants have started collecting their entries for the event, which takes place on Sunday at Tshwane’s Union Buildings.
Race collection points opened at the Nelson Mandela Foundation yesterday and would move to the Union Buildings today and tomorrow between 9am and 7pm.
Late registrations will be accepted at the Union Buildings race collection point this weekend ahead of the event, 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 event 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, which will have nominal winner’s prize money of R5 000 for the elite runners in each age and gender category taking on the 10km and half marathon routes.
Top personalities have confirmed their participation.
It will be a family event that will take in points of significance in Madiba’s and South Africa’s political journey.
Bafana Bafana 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 half-marathon silver medallist Collen Mulaudzi will also be participating.
Businessman, former Gauteng Premier and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has also confirmed his participation, as has Khumbul’ekhaya presenter Andile Gaelesiwe.
They are some of the big names who will join thousands of people expected to participate in this special event which will also honour revered political activists and stalwarts Albertina Sisulu and Margaret
This event represents an opportunity to celebrate these icons while enjoying a festive day
Gauteng MEC of Sport, Art and Culture Faith Mazibuko
Hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the Gauteng Province, this year’s 10km and 21km events will begin at the Union Buildings at 7am, and end at the same point.
It will be a fun day out for the whole family.
The 5km walk will begin at 9am at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison and end at the Union Buildings.
“We are all set for what promises to be an exciting weekend, which marks the end of the Mandela Centenary celebrations for the year.
“South Africans have paid warm and special tribute this year to Madiba and Ma Albertina Sisulu, and this event represents another opportunity to celebrate these icons while enjoying a fun, festive day out with the whole family,”said Faith Mazibuko Gauteng MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation.