Nelson Mandela Foundation launches annual remembrance walk

The Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the annual Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run on 2 October.

The foundation is expecting over 30 000 people to attend this year’s walk and run. The walk begins and ends at the magnificent Union Buildings and will be the last official event of the Madiba centenary year.

This year’s Remembrance Walk and Run will see the introduction of a 21km half-marathon, together with a 5 km walk and a 10km run.

CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation said, “We want to thank all South Africans and the global community for the warm, wonderful manner in which they’ve embraced the Mandela centenary celebrations. It’s been a phenomenal, humbling year which has paid fitting tribute to Madiba’s legacy and we want to encourage people from all walks of life to come out in their thousands to end this centenary year by participating in the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run.

“This event has become a huge highlight on the South African calendar and we are confident this one will be the best yet.”

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 route.

“The Gauteng Province is honoured to have played a central role in former president Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations this year. Madiba lived his life in service to a free and equal society for all and we will again be doing the Remembrance Walk and Run to honour his commitment to justice, equality, and a non-racial South Africa,” said Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko.

Participants for the walk and run can enter online on www.MandelaWalkAndRun.com or manually at Sweatshop in Dunkeld and Orlando Community Centre in Johannesburg.

Details: www.MandelaWalkAndRun.com

Will you be attending the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run? Share your thoughts on the event by posting on the North Eastern Tribune Facebook page.

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By Andrei van Wyk

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