A month ago over 10 000 runners took to the streets of Jozi to mark the inaugural Run Free Run Jozi 10km run. I am proud to say that along with my wife and some friends – I was one of those “that ran for my right to run free” and have a medal to prove it – what a memorable experience it was.
To say everything was thought of would be an understatement. To begin with all runners were given a limited edition t-shirt to run in with the option to personalise it. I opted to personalise mine with the phrase made famous by Barack Obama “YES I CAN”! It was apt as I had never run a 10km race before and neither had I been training prior to the event. For me it was more important to be a part of such an event.
There was loads of excitement leading up to our run until the rain decided to drop by on race day. Running over the Nelson Mandela Bridge was incredible and the city of Jozi is beautiful at night. I was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of the town residents who continuously cheered the runners on and I remember one guy saying “you almost there – only 6kms to go”, my legs already feeling like jelly he piped in “you only a few thousand runners behind” – much to my amusement. Nevertheless we finished in a personal record time and we look forward to breaking our record time at next year’s event ;-)!