Running frees the spirit

2018-04-10 06:02
Quinton Prince.

Quinton Prince.

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A father of six says deciding to run was the best choice for him as it liberates him.

Quinton Prince (45) from Steenberg has been running for almost two decades.

Prince has been working as a warder at Pollsmoor Prison in Tokai for almost 25 years. He is so passionate he runs to work to report for duty.

For him running is about honouring and celebrating people in his life. “When I run I think about what my late parents taught me so I run in their honour. I run for my wife and my kids and my relatives. It gives me great joy to be on the road running and I always make time for it no matter how busy I am. I even run to work. In the morning I take the shorter route, then coming back home I take the long way which sees me cover up to about 15km,” he says.

At the age of 29, he had to make a choice between soccer and road running.

“A friend of mine I was playing soccer with introduced me to road running. It was too much for me having to do everything so I had to choose what I wanted to do. I went for my first race, which was the Gun Run, and I loved it. So from there on, I decided to run,” he says.

Since then he has never looked back. He has done the Two Oceans Marathon for 19 years and the Comrades Marathon for 18, all races done consecutively.

“Who would have thought I would be here today. God has been amazing and very faithful. He only wants the best for us. Through dedication and hard work I have improved in time and I enjoy what I do. It makes me happy and the support I get from friends and family is amazing,” he says.

Through his commitment and dedication he has secured sponsorship from New Balance, something he never dreamed of. “I’m not like the best runner. I just love what I do and I enjoy it. This goes to show that with sacrifice and education good things will follow you. All I can say is, look at God. On my own I wouldn’t be able to afford any running kit but the sponsors have been helpful,” says Prince.

Between working a 13-hour shift at Pollsmoor Prison and being a father and a husband, he does motivational speaking and voluntary coaching at Steenberg High School.

“If you really love something you will find time. Never have excuses. I love talking to young people and sharing my passion with them. I want to use my example to teach them to make life choices. Do what you love, and the more you practise the more you get better. We all have talents, we just have to find them and work on improving them each day,” says Prince.

For him, sharing his time with other people is what he values the most and he is glad that with running he is able to spread the message of hope and love with others. “Our communities are messed up because people have become selfish. They don’t want to help each other. If something happens to someone, they don’t bother because it’s not in their yard. Imagine if we all stood for one another and helped one another, what a society we would have. That’s why when I run I do it to celebrate life, to remember those lying in hospital and those facing so many challenges. I want my life to be a story especially for the youth. If I can do it, everyone else can,” says Prince.

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