15 JULY 2018

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100 Km by 100 Runners for Mandela 100 is a running event organised by Health is Wealth Athletics Club, an affiliate of Athletics Transkei federation. HiWAC was formed in 2017 with a sole purpose of creating new meaning to running for people of the former homeland.

Why The Event

2018 is a historic year in South Africa and globally as it marks the 100 years of Madiba. HiWAC pioneered the 100 Km by 100 Runners for 100 Years of Mandela concept as a celebratory heritage run which seeks to honour this global icon through running. As the theme says, this social run is aligned to the centenary hence the 100 km by 100 runners. Also in line with Madiba’s principle of fairness and equitable distribution , the select runners are drawn from various South African provinces and cuts across the racial and gender bars. As a man who endured the utmost emotional torment, the 100 patriotic and selfless runners will endure the 100 km endurance run on a dusty rural terrain in honour of Madiba.

The track traces the historic landmarks in the life and times of Madiba , the institutions and places which shaped his leadership skills in his formative years.

Where and When

The run will be on 15 July 2018. It kicks off at 04h00 am "ekuseni ngo4 o'clock, sikhulul'uMandela!" at Clarkebury S.S.S - one of the high schools Madiba attended. It is in high school where amongst many sports, he was introduced to long distance running, a sport he enjoyed until University. He has been quoted as saying "it taught me discipline and solitariness" - attributes he were to use to win the war against inequality.

The run proceeds to Mqhekezweni Great Place now declared a National heritage site – this is where he was brought up by the regent King Jongintaba Dalindyebo from the age of 12 years. It was in this great place that his leadership values were embedded in his mind as he inquisitively watched the proceedings of the traditional courts. This is the halfway mark of the race. The race proceeds to Qunu village at 74 km, his rural home where he is laid to rest. The race finishes off in Mvezo where he was born at the 100km mark.

What Else

On the day, 15 July 2018, Mqhekezweni Great Place will be launched as a National Heritage Site. This syncs well with the heritage run. We hope to inspire rural communities to actively engage in running. Running is one of the most democratic sports which can be done anywhere by everyone as long as there is land and people.

We cannot complete the run without doing good. We will dedicate this run to raising funds to buy school shoes for 100 rural school children from Jongintaba Senior Secondary School and Clarkebury Senior Secondary School who to this day walk long distances in the morning and afternoons to and fro their respective schools. Please help us achieve this goal by visitingwww.backabuddy.co.za and pledge your support.

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