JOHANNESBURG — A Mandela International Day Marathon will be held from Aug 30 to 31 aimed at keeping the former president’s legacy alive through sports, Xinhua news agency reported.


    The marathon to be held in KwaZulu-Natal province is organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

    Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive officer Sello Hatang said they are proud to host the event themed ‘Triumph of Human Spirit’.

    “We are working hard to keep Mandela’s legacy alive. Because Mandela took sports seriously we want to send a message to the world that even if you cannot run, others can run for you. Mandela’s long walk continues and it will not end,” he said.

    The main race starts in Pietermaritzburg where Mandela gave his last speech before his arrest in 1961 and will end at his arrested place in Howick.

    Yusuf Bhamjee, mayor of uMgungundlovu District Municipality, echoed Hatang’s sentiments that Mandela’s legacy will outlive humankind.

    “This is a unique race where participants take part not to win but to ensure they finish the race. This is a dedication to the father of our freedom and nation,” said Bhamjee.

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation is targeting 67,000 participants in similar marathons planned in the coming years.

    Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, died aged 95 on December 5 last year.


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