Come walk/run in the footsteps of Madiba
All the events start in front of the statue of Nelson Mandela at the beginning of his `walk to freedom‘ on February 11th, 1990 and progress through a scenic route that passes the Madiba House, the prison. The 27 km route continues through the adjacent wine farms to finish on the sports arena near the entrance.
More than a Race.
But 27 for Freedom is more than a running event. It is an experience everyone should participate in at least once in their life time. It is a historic, yet fun-filled, family day of reflection, celebration and nation building for the tens of thousands that will participate from across the sports, social, business and political landscape. It contributes directly to the preservation and promotion of the Nelson Mandela legacy and the historic `right of passage’ that his walk to freedom represent to current and future generations of South Africans and all freedom loving people.
Sustaining the Legacy
On February 11th and 12th, the DCS, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Museum, Mayibuye and Robben Island Museum, will be conducting educational, Madiba legacy programmes for visitors. This includes a tour of the Madiba House, talks, exhibitions and an experiential, live-in programmes for rural children that will overnight at the prison.
CWDM and the five municipalities, as part of their IDP initiatives contribute to incremental growth and upliftment, particularly for the rural and farm communities and children.
To bring those from across the economic and social divides closer together, SMME’s, farmers and tourism entrepreneurs from the region will be afforded the opportunity market their goods and services to visitors at the Farmer’s Market, SMME and visitors centres on race day. The event will promote and grow the tourism potential, stimulate income generation and in turn, they will also market the event.
Visitors and participates will enjoy jailhouse rock from the local in-mates band, listen to local poets, the DCS choir and be entertained by local and national entertainers covering a range of musical genres while the children are engaged in `kidz corner’ supervised by volunteers from the University of Stellenbosch’s Operation Hope programme.
The reward for many is tracing the steps on Madiba and our nations walk to freedom. This is a walk or run every South African should strive to do. For others is the opportunity to build new friendships, social cohesion and a being part of a nation rooted in wellness of body, heart and mind, contributing to a positive lifestyle, health and building of national unity; The winners of the main race receive a coveted medal, cash prizes and the new floating trophy. All other winners and participants receive medals. Every South African, should in their lifetime, walk/run in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela