Mandela Day celebrated on the 18 July, will be the first-ever marked amongst a global pandemic, with most South Africans unable to celebrate the day traditionally, by visiting organisations or participating in group sporting activations. This year the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) has launched a virtual race to homes and streets everywhere, 67 Kilometres for Mandela Day!
A first ever in Africa!
“With families, individuals and athletes largely confined to their homes during the lockdown, this initiative will secure much-needed funds while providing an entertaining goal-driven purpose for exercise enthusiasts around the country and the globe,” says event organiser Andrew Ross, Managing Director of eventing and experiential agency Chaos Theory.
“We’re inviting walkers, cyclists and runners to join our virtual event online from anywhere in the world to make a huge difference to the children of South Africa. What makes the ‘67 Kilometres for Mandela Day’ event even more special is that this year NMCF celebrates 25 years of existence,” says Andrew.
How do I participant?
Accept the challenge and enter the virtual race online at www.vfcseries.com or search 67 Kilometres for Mandela Day on Quicket, – registration fees start at R250.
Over the next 5 weeks the #67km4MandelaDay race can be completed in the time frame that suits the participant, either individually or in teams.
What is the route?
The online route will be uploaded for walkers, runners and cyclists to follow through iconic South African landmarks. Starting at The Apartheid Museum, past the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Constitution Hill and Lilliesleaf farm, and ending off at Nelson Mandela’s home in Vilakazi Street, Soweto.
How do I log my progress?
Participants can download the dedicated event software My Mission App from their Play Store and create a profile. They also have the option to link to smart devices automatically including Runkeeper, Strava, Fitbit, and Map My Run/Ride/Walk/Fitness to log the distance reached.
Daily data uploads will also be plotted on the virtual route, over-laid into a Google Street view so participants can see how they are tracking compared to other ‘racers’ in the same event.
A winning end!
Once participants have completed the #67km4MandelaDay, you can download your own completion certificate, or sign up for the Medal option and the event organisers will courier it to you as soon as you cross the finish line. (SA only).