With this year’s Khayelitsha 10km run and 5km fun run/walk just over 4 weeks away- planning is in full swing with some exciting developments unfolding. Scheduled for 25 August 2019 and organized by Khayelitsha Athletics Club (AC), the Two Oceans Marathon (TOM), with 50 years of race organization experience has come on board to lend a hand with race planning, marketing and generally advising and assisting with staging the event. Transferring skills and uplifting others fall into the scope of what the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI), the social impact arm of the Two Oceans Marathon, does and they are thoroughly enjoying working with the enthusiastic Khayelitsha AC squad. After a year or two of support, TOM steps back and provides just a consulting role.
When the 2019 race organizing committee shared their intention to encourage schools to participate in the 5km event – the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA), in conjunction with Woolworths, MySchool and the Vukani newspaper offered to organize a Move for Health campaign, which is an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim is to encourage young people to be physically active and make healthy choices so they can live a full and happy live and not end up sedentary, overweight, with heart disease, diabetes or even depression.
The local Move for Health campaign will see 180 local primary school learners receiving a free 5km entry, a brightly coloured T-shirt for race day and a snack after completing the fun run. This fun and encouraging school venture prompted TOMI to offer a similar opportunity for 180 high school children. With two of their pillars focusing on health and education, it was a great fit. Readers can expect to see at least 360 learners out there on the roads of Khayelitsha come 25 August, setting an example of how to lead a fit and active lifestyle. All organisations involved in this event believe in the importance of looking after our environment and they are putting their money where their mouth is! With plastics and littering being a big No-No – all 360 learners will receive a nifty water-bottle with a handle – easy to carry when running and negating the need for them to use plastic water sachets.
Watch the Vukani newspaper weekly for some inspiring and informative articles leading up to race day. Topics will include safe running; easy healthy meals on the go; opportunities to exercise in Khayelitsha; some inspiring Khayelitsha residents and keeping our environment clean. Editor, Vukile Sondanzi of Khayelitsha AC will be leading by example – so expect to see him pounding the streets of Khayelitsha either in training or on race day.
Both the 5km and the 10km events are flat – which adds to their popularity as fast courses! That said – the event caters for both novice and experienced runners and walkers and you can enter online via webtickets (check under running events) – or even buy an entry on the morning of the race. The start and finish of both events are at the Mandela Park Stadium track in Khayelitsha, which provides free and secure parking for entrants. The 10km kicks off at 7h30 and the 5km at 7h45, and the event is held under the rules and regulations of ASA and Western Province Athletics (WPA). There will be some amazing lucky draw prizes from SSISA, TOM, Woolworths and MySchool up for grabs, as well as some vendors catering for hungry participants! Grab your running shoes, get training and don’t miss out on building a healthier, happier Khayelitsha community who are taking responsibility for their health.
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