With nearly 1700 entrants in the KZN Virtual Run scheduled for this weekend, the organisers are confident that greater awareness will be created around gender-based violence in the province and country.


The event offers free entry to all South Africans and is being hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics and the Comrades Marathon Association as part of the festivities during the upcoming Mandela Day weekend, 18 & 19 July 2020.


The aim of this year’s inaugural KZN Virtual Run is to highlight the scourge of gender-based violence with a special focus on young males to take a stand and protect women and children against all forms of abuse.


The race is also part of the Department’s Mass Participation Programme, which seeks to encourage mass participation in sport together with promoting active and healthy lifestyles as well as talent identification.


Under the theme: “Youth to the fore! Run against gender-based violence”, the virtual race will be run over two days to give as many people as possible an opportunity to participate. Entrants have the option of a 2km, 5km or 10km run and are encouraged to participate together with their friends and families.

Enter here: www.comrades.com 


The traditional KZN Youth Run is an annual event which attracts over 10 000 athletes from across KZN and is held on the eve of the Comrades Marathon. However, due to the onset of Covid-19, the subsequent lockdown, and the regulations limiting mass participation gatherings and meetings, the 2020 edition of the KZN Youth Run was cancelled.


“As the Department of Sport and Recreation we have an obligation to encourage the people of the Province to be active especially during this stressful period brought by the Corona virus outbreak. That is why we have partnered with Comrades Marathon Association to host this virtual race which allows individuals and families to run, walk or jog within their home environment,” said MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela.


“We will use this race as a platform to highlight the scourge of gender-based violence following the alarming rise in incidents of female murders at the hands of men. We therefore invite everyone to enter this virtual race and share their messages of support against gender-based violence and abuse of women and children,” added MEC Mavimbela.


Entry is free. For more information or to enter, please click through to www.comrades.com


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