Run4Change Programme highlights peace

10 Apr 2018

#Run4Peace is a South African pillar that enables participants to make a positive impact in the country. The aims of #Run4Peace are to use running as a vehicle to bring together diverse and divided communities; to forge familiarity and friendships across communities, cultures and classes; and to use examples from runners to personify courage, inspiration, determination, respect, friendship, equality and excellence.
Race director Janet Welham comments, “South Africa has a long history of using sport to unify our nation. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon aims to keep bringing home the role of peace, friendship and harmony through our Run4Change Legacy Programme.”

On receiving the Lifetime Laureus Award, Nelson Mandela commented, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon provides the opportunity through its #Run4Peace initiative for people to contribute to peace in the land.

Race ambassador Elana Van Zyl-Meyer said, “Of all the races I’ve run throughout the world, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has the most significant and symbolic start. The peace flame begins its journey in Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island cell. It’s brought to the start by close friend of Mandela, former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, to the sound of Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga. This is a gooseflesh South African moment as thousands of South Africans join in the singing as we welcome runners from all over the world. The race creates the platform for peace. I urge you to use this opportunity to take the pledge and run for peace.”

The weekend-long running festival begins on Saturday 22 September with two Peace Trail Runs, with the classic 42.2km marathon taking place on Sunday 23 September. Last year over 20 000 participants from all over the world ran the various courses, with the marathon itself boasting amass field of just under 8 000 entrants, cementing its position among the continent’s most popular road-running events.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon gained IAAF Gold Label status in 2017 – but the award is once-off, and a new submission is required to maintain it. The organisers are very proud toannounce that this year; once again, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will bear IAAF Gold Labelstatus.While the marathon itself is the high point of the weekend running festival, on Saturday 22 September the two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km) and a 5km PEACE Run/Walk take place,with the 10km Peace Run on Sunday.

“The weekend events are for everyone, no matter yourfitness level,” says Van Zyl-Meyer.