A marathon that fosters peace

2018-04-19 06:01
Francois Pienaar, former Springbok captain and Cape Town Marathon race ambassador, carries the torch that was lit at the candle burning inside Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island. The torch was carried from the island across the mainland and signalled the start of the race.

Francois Pienaar, former Springbok captain and Cape Town Marathon race ambassador, carries the torch that was lit at the candle burning inside Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island. The torch was carried from the island across the mainland and signalled the start of the race.

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Peace, charity, health, sustainability and development form the basis of the Run4Change Legacy Programme of the annual Cape Town Marathon.

These pillars are there for all runners to use and make a difference in the world.

#Run4Peace uniquely enables race participants to make a positive impact on the country. The marathon provides the opportunity for the runner to contribute to peace.

#Run4Peace uses running as a vehicle to bring diverse and divided communities together, to forge familiarity and friendships across communities, cultures and classes. It use running to personify courage, inspiration, determination, respect, friendship, equality and excellence.

Says Janet Welham, CT Marathon race director: “South Africa has a long history of using sport to unify our nation. The marathon aims to keep bringing home the role of peace, friendship and harmony through our Run4Change Legacy Programme.”

The entry period for the marathon is open. The weekend-long running festival begins with two Peace Trail Runs on Saturday 22 September; the 42,2 km marathon will be held on Sunday 23 September.

Last year, more than 20 000 participants from across the globe ran the various courses. While the marathon itself is the high point of the weekend, the two Peace Trail Runs (22 km and 12 km) and a 5 km Peace Run/Walk take place on the Saturday as well, with a 10 km Peace Run the Sunday.

Runners are urged to enter and choose a pillar that inspires them to make a difference on www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com.

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