World Cup Walk: Comrades and Msunduzi get together to celebrate 2010

2010-05-20 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Mike Tarr and Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) chairperson Dave Dixon yesterday launched the city’s World Cup Walk , scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

The walk is expected to be a jovial affair; its participants are encouraged to wear South African soccer jerseys and bring along their vuvuzelas. It will begin at Voortrekker High School — there walkers will be guided through the Diski Dance as they make their way to the city hall.

The group will assemble at the city hall for more 2010 celebrations before making its way to the finish at Harry Gwala Stadium.

“Through this walk we want to wish all the runners taking part all of the best in this year’s race,” said the CMA’s Thami Vilakazi.

“Furthermore, we want to show our support to the national team … and hope that our support and that of the citizens of the city of Pietermaritzburg will propel Bafana Bafana to the finals of this prestigious sporting event.”

Dixon said the Comrades’ strong partnership with the city is undeniable, and the association is excited to partner with the city to celebrate the World Cup.

“We want to make sure Comrades and the World Cup are leveraged on each other,” he said. “Comrades is an iconic event, not only for the city but for the country.”

Tarr said the walk will be a good occasion to “get the buzz going” around both Comrades and the World Cup.

He acknowledged the importance of sport for the city. “Sport is a great unifier,” he said. He added that Msunduzi is primed for sport, citing the Duzi, Comrades and mountain biking competitions as examples.

Although this, the 85th Comrades Marathon, was moved over two weeks forward to accommodate the World Cup, Dixon said it is “all systems go” for this year’s race.

“We could host the race tomorrow if we needed to,” he said.

He also confirmed that more than 20 000 runners will be tackling the 89 km descent from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on May 30 — the second largest number of runners in Comrades history.

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