Today I am feeling my age and my body agrees. Two days participating in the #Mandela Legacy events has taken its toll, BUT it has been such fun and I have loved every minute of it. Yesterday I participated in the 8 kms Trail Run from the #Mandela Capture site up through the hills and back down again. Beautiful private farmlands that we were privileged to be able to walk through. Today was the #Mandela Marathon. I participated in the 21 kms. A hard hot walk, but well worth the effort.
The runners/walkers were all high spirited and encouraging. As we neared the finish we encouraged one another. A delightful experience to have all participants walking/running #Mandela’s legacy of mutual respect. This year was a special marathon as we were celebrating what would have been his 100th birthday.
I would like to spare a thought of thanks to all those who tirelessly work in the background to make such an enormous event the success it was. There were in the region of 20,000 participants. From the admin, to the registration, to the distribution of race number and T-shirts all went seamlessly. The marshals were friendly and encouraging. I did not have a single negative experience throughout this whole event. This speaks volumes in itself. Makes me realise that I am privileged to be part of the legacy that a wonderful man left for us. The medals (one for the Trail Run and the other for the 21 kms) are commemorative medals. Pictures below show the front and back of the medals. I will treasure these two medals.