Slave Route growing strong

2017-05-18 06:00
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The popular Slave Route Challenge took take place on Sunday.

Runners took to the streets of Cape Town in celebration of the city’s history and heritage.

The running events started at the City Hall and ended at the Grand Parade.

Crossing the finish line first in the 21.1km was Subiso Madikizela, and Siboniso Soldaka reclaiming his title for the 10km.

Madikizela, who hails from Khayelitsha said he was very glad to have won the race.

“I am utterly excited because I am currently preparing for an overseas competition where I will be running in Europe in June,” said Madikizela.

The 26 year-old runner revealed that he was on a “fundraising effort” to cover the costs of his dream trip.

“I am looking for sponsors and winning the Slave Route Challenge may open doors for me. I would like to thank my coach Ernie Gruhn for showing belief in me as an athlete,” he said.

Bulelwa Simae was the first woman to complete the 21.1km, and Vuyiseka Nkumenga took the 10km.

Presented by the Itheko Sport Athletic Club, and sponsored by Metropolitan, the Slave Route Challenge honours the heritage and culture of Cape Town, as well as the dispossessed individuals who contributed significantly to the development of the city and South Africa.

Now in its seventh year, the Sunday race attracted about 8000 runners.

Head of Branding at Metropolitan, Llewellyn Allen, who participated in the 10km race, says that the Slave Route Challenge is like no other, “the story of this race sets it apart. It’s a run with purpose – something we’re very passionate about at Metropolitan”.

He also says that the energy of the race is incomparable: “a race truly for the Cape Town community”.

Radio DJs, Carissa Cupido and Seano Loots who were a part of the “I Run This” campaign, also participated.

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