Big names lace up for Man­dela Walk, Run on Sun­day

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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

Gaso.

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.

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