If you told a runner that there was something more rewarding than getting a medal, pictures or a PB from a run, they would probably look at you as if you just said Bekele could beat Kipchoge – Nope, never! Resist the urge to argue with me.
As it turns out, there is something more rewarding as we all learned when the good folks at Botshabelo, a children’s home based in Midrand, asked us to lace up and help them in their effort to raise funds and help feed families.
The challenge came in as the second lap of the national-wide lockdown was set to start. I would just like to pause here and say how cool it is that Botshabelo is a Tswana word for “a place to run to” and the Waterfall City Athletics Club slogan is Re A Kitima (We are running) – I think this is what you call a perfect match. I digress.
So, The Charlie to our Angels said something along the lines of “Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to run as FAR as possible for 19 minutes on Sunday, 19 April 2020. Then, donate R100 (or more) for every kilometre you run to the Covid-19 Relief Fund.”
“Far” has a different meaning these days. Going from room to room, running across the garden or doing the marry-go-around equivalent in your living room are all new ways of “running far”. Bound by the common belief that together we can do more, Waterfall City Athletics Club’s finest donned the club kit and honoured the call to help.
By Batsi Manzi