Thousands of participants
have started collecting their entries for this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk
and Run, which takes place this Sunday 9 December at Tshwane’s Union Buildings.
Race collection points
opened at the Nelson Mandela Foundation today and will now move to the Union
Buildings on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December between 09:00 and 19:00.
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 21 km half-marathon, in addition to the 5 km walk and 10 km run
of previous editions.
entries for the event will remain open at www.mandelawalkandrun.com until midnight on Friday 7 December.
The entry fee is
R50 for the 5 km walk, R100 for the 10 km run and R150 for the 21 km run, which
will have a nominal winner’s prize money of R5 000 for the elite runners in
each age and gender category taking on the 10 km and half-marathon route.
will receive drawstring
bags from Lotto containing a Lotto shirt, cap and some 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 special points of significance in Madiba’s and South Africa’s
legends Shaun Bartlett, Doctor Khumalo and Aaron Mokoena are taking part, as
are 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, the popular Ludwick Mamabolo.
Christine Kalmer, former SA marathon champ Benedict Moeng and former World
Student Games half-marathon silver medallist Collen Mulaudzi will also be
businessman, former Gauteng Premier and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo
Sexwale, has also confirmed his participation, as has Khumbul ‘ekhaya presenter
These are just some of the
exciting big names who will join a throng of thousands of people expected to participate
in this very special event that will also honour revered political activists
and stalwarts Albertina Sisulu and Margaret Gaso.
the day will be provided by traditional Afro pop group Candy, the Sophiatown
Sisters and DJ Juvenile, while the event MC is popular Tshwane-based comedian
Shampoonizer. Local development artists on the programme include Urban Dance
and Rockaffela, and fitness sessions for the family will be presented by the
Bophelong Fitness Club.
Hosted by the Nelson Mandela
Foundation, together with the Gauteng Province, this year’s 10 and 21 km events
will begin and end at the magnificent Union Buildings at 19:00 and will be a
fun day out for the whole family. The 5 km walk will begin at 09:00 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 a 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. Let’s all converge on the Union Buildings on Sunday for what
is sure to be a memorable event,” said Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng MEC for Sport,
Art, Culture and Recreation.
The 21 km has proved to be a
popular addition to this year’s event, with over half the entries received thus
far signing up for the half-marathon route, as the Mandela Remembrance Walk and
Run becomes a popular event on the South African road-running calendar.
There will be
loads of entertainment for the kids, and childminders will be available to look
after them. There will also be food stalls and fitness displays at the event.
There will be a
wreath laying ceremony in honour of the former president at 08.15.
The event’s parking/park-and-ride
plan is as follows:
Pretoria Art Museum
On streets that are not closed off in the vicinity of the Union Buildings
For more event
details and to register for the event go to www.MandelaWalkAndRun.com.
enquiries and interviews please contact:
079 488 4687
082 994 0349