Eager runners and caregivers from the Durbanville Children’s Home will be seen in action at the second annual Cell C Day Of Races in Greenpoint (Cape Town) on Sunday, 23 April 2017.
Bronwyn George, a runner from the Durbanville Children’s Home, claimed gold in the Young, Fast & Free wave at the inaugural Cell C Day Of Races in Cape Town in 2016. George completed the 5km route in a lightning fast time of 16 minutes 06 seconds.
“I love running because it gives me the freedom to express myself,” says George. “I also enjoy the challenge. The Cell C Day Of Races allowed me to run with only young people. Running through the stadium was also awesome. I didn’t enter to win, but once the race started I just decided to go. At first I did not know that I had won, but then the commentator announced it and everyone started to congratulate me. It felt like such an achievement especially as I had set the record for that wave. I’m excited to see if someone can beat it this year.”
“As I am now 18 years old I won’t be able to take part in the Young, Fast & Free wave, but instead have signed up for the Anything Goes wave,” continues George. “My goal will be to cross the finish line first, but I’ll also be happy with just a faster finishing time than last year. I love running because it is fun and you get to meet new people. Unfortunately we were unable to stay to watch the elite race in 2016, but I did get to meet a lot of the elite runners before the time and it was awesome. My sporting hero is Mohamed Farah because irrespective of all that he has achieved, he remains humble.”
In November last year the Durbanville Children’s Home started its very own running group named #runFAST
According to Jana van Rensburg, Durbanville Children’s Home Marketing and Fundraising Assistant, the running group was started when a social worker at the children’s home decided to take a few of the younger children to a local trail run. “The children enjoyed it so much that she decided to start her own little running group. Currently the group consists out of eighteen children from age five to eleven. The running group allows the children to be part of a group activity, be outside more, they gain self-confidence and they exercise.”
“The group trains together every Monday and Wednesday,” continues van Rensburg. “They do a 5km route in the Durbanville area. We get a lot of hoots and waves for encouragement. This definitely gives them a sense of belonging. The younger children also look up to Bronwyn. They see all that he has achieved. He only started running in 2015. As my husband and I are avid runners, we took him under our wings and started to train him. He now joins us at running events, which he usually wins. Whenever we go run or do anything adventurous we take him with us. He is part of our group of running friends now. We are looking forward to the Cell C Day Of Races, both to take part and to support Bronwyn as he goes for his second victory.”
Support the Durbanville Children’s Home: There are various ways in which to support the Durbanville Children’s Home. The running group is in need of running attire, especially shoes and sponsors for race entries, while the home is always looking for funds, non-perishable food and toiletries.
EVENT INFORMATION: Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok
Instead of gunning for gold, the Cell C Day Of Races encourages runners to be social, take photographs and videos at designated points on route, share it to the event’s social media platforms and stand a chance to win magnificent prizes. Entrants can choose between five fun waves, allowing them to run with like-minded individuals.
|Date:||Sunday, 23 April 2017|
|Start & Finish Venue:||Greenpoint A Track|
|Waves & Start Times:||1. 08:00 / Pretty Fast: Female|
|2. 08:45 / Sole Mates: Pairs|
|3. 09:30 / Elite Race|
|4. 10:15 / Young, Fast and Free: U18|
|5. 11:00 / Anything Goes: Open|
|Late Entries:||Will be accepted at the Greenpoint A Track during race pack collection on 22 April between 08h30 – 16h00 and on event day, 23 April|
Charity Support: The Cell C Day Of Races supports The Sunflower Fund. Founded in 1999, The Sunflower Fund is a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and facilitating the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).
Follow us on Twitter: @DayOfRaces
Hashtag: #dayofraces / #iamhope
For more information or to support the Durbanville Children’s Home visit www.durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za For more information on the Cell C Day of Races powered by Reebok contact 082 991 0045, email email@example.com or visit www.dayofraces.com
ISSUED BY: Newsport Media
ON BEHALF OF: Stillwater Sports