The SA Run4Cancer Marathon is back in full force after a two-year break due to the global covid-19 pandemic. 10 000 professional and social runners are expected to be part of the cancer awareness Marathon on 28 October. This includes runners from the Southern African Development Community [SADC] region.
The prize money for this year will see both the Men and Female categories vying for R 100 000 in each category. It will start at Boyne and end at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Organiser Otshepeng Seeletse says they are thrilled that the meaningful marathon is finally back.
SA RUN4CANCER MARATHON BACK WITH A BANG
“Everybody is excited about having the Run4cancer marathon this year and the support has been overwhelming,” she said.
“Cancer is one of the biggest chronic diseases that affects us across the world. So we saw the need for the organization from the outskirts of this province.
“We want to make the awareness bigger and address the local community as well. Especially because they don’t have information with regard to cancer,” added Seeletse.
The launch of the Marathon took place at Boeketlong Lodge in the Sekhukhune District. It was attended by MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nakedi Kekana, representatives from Limpopo Sports Confederation, the Limpopo Gambling Board and the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality. The department is the official partner of this year’s event.
MEC Kekana congratulated the SA Run4Cancer organisation for the successful launch. She also committed her support of the cancer awareness run.
“The SA Run4cancer was there in my budget speech, hence we are here to take the first step to implement what we have promised,” she said.
MEC Kekana also encouraged more businesses to lend a hand in the awareness campaigns that have been organised by the SA Run4Cancer organisation leading up to the main event.
JOHANNES MOSEHLA HONOURED
Meanwhile, the event organisers also honoured the oldest Comrades Ultra marathon finisher, Johannes Mosehla. They have named all the finishers medal, the “Johannes Mosehla Medal”.
“We are proud that the legendary Comrades Marathon runner Johannes Mosehla has been honoured here today with a medal named after him. We hope it will encourage senior citizens to also take part in active recreation for a better quality of life,” said the MEC Kekana.