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Women to race in a bid to fight cancer

Now that the dust has settled and sore muscles have been massaged after the successful “Stronger Together” race at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg, all eyes are now firmly fixed on next month’s Heritage Day race.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba referred to women as queens of Joburg who should pride themselves for taking a step against cancer, which continues to destabilise families.

She was speaking at the start of the TotalSport Inner City race successfully hosted by the City of Johannesburg. The consistent message throughout the day was that early detection will help prolong a life.  

The winner of the TotalSports Inner City race was Glenrose Xaba, who registered a time of 35:56 minutes. The gracious Xaba is well-known for winning the 10km races in South Africa. This time around she led a “sea of pink” of women (and men) in the streets of Joburg. 

Artists from Joburg Theatre and Arts, Culture and Heritage entertained the crowd with music and dances at various spots on the route across the inner city. This created a celebratory mood. 

“The race was great. I enjoyed the steep hills. The crowd was just cheering and it was a good experience,” said Joburg resident and employee Lesego Lala.

“The race turned out to be the best ever, with zero incidents on the day. In fact, the pre-event preparations by City Parks and Zoo, Health, CRUM Region F as well as Pikitup already indicated the dedication and commitment from all the departments, which showed on the day,” said Karen du Plessis, who is the Deputy Director Sport and Recreation in the City of Johannesburg. 

The South Africa’s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer, PinkDrive teamed up with the multi-disciplinary team of organisers to assist in creating breast awareness. Stillwater Sports and City of Sport and Recreation gave technical support.

The feedback from all corners was just positive. Bringing activities in the inner city is a sign that this is no longer considered a no-go area! A good mark that when offered services the citizens respond positively, exactly what is needed, the organisers said.

Be on the lookout for another successful race on 24 September 2019 at the Mary Fitzgerald Square.

Source: City of Joburg

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