Deloitte makes an impact through its annual marathon
Johannesburg 9 March 2016 - It’s Deloitte Challenge time with over 6 000 runners and cyclists expected to take to the road between Ballito and Durban on Sunday, May 1. This will be the second year for the Deloitte Challenge following a very successful inaugural event in 2015.
Deloitte KwaZulu-Natal’s Office Managing Partner, Ruwayda Redfearn – who just happens to be running the 21km Half Marathon in preparation for the New York Marathon – says the entire event is a perfect fit with Deloitte’s new mission statement - ‘Making an Impact that Matters’.
“We want to make an impact in our employees’ and clients’ lives through encouraging a healthy lifestyle. We are also extending this to improving the quality of life for the community through raising funds for LIV Village, impacting the province through an increase in sport tourism and motivating Durbanites to live life to the full and enjoy our beautiful climate and scenery along the East Coast,” she said.
Redfearn added that this new mission statement, together with the massive interest in last year’s inaugural marathon, had inspired the professional services firm to make this an annual event.
This year, a total of around R70 000 in prize money awaits those tackling the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ten-k events taking place under the Deloitte Challenge banner. The event also includes a 5km fun run and a 40km road cycle race.
The cycle event, which will be the first event to start, will follow the marathon route from Ballito to Durban along the M4.
Because the Deloitte Challenge takes place over a long weekend, Redfearn says that she expects to see many out-of-towners lining up at the start line. The mild May weather and perfect setting makes this one of the many events that is making sports related tourism more and more popular in Durban.
On May 1, the M4 will be closed in both directions from Ballito to Umhlanga Rocks. From Umhlanga Rocks to Durban, only the north bound lanes will be closed.
All events finish at Growthpoint Kings Park stadium.
For serious athletes, it’s worth noting that the Deloitte Challenge Marathon is the final Comrades Marathon 2016 qualifier. The Deloitte Challenge Half Marathon is also perfectly timed to be the last long run in your formal Comrades Training Schedule.
For those who are just venturing into running – or ready to take their round the block training to the next level – the Half Marathon and Ten-K are perfect opportunities to test your stamina along a flat, relaxed route with stunning ocean views.
Participants of the Deloitte Challenge are also encouraged to donate to the chosen beneficiary: LIV Village, an organisation that provides holistic residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children. These children are placed into a family environment with a trained foster mother to love them.
LIV Village comprises 150 homes for 1000 children 83 acres. It includes an early childhood development centre, a primary and a secondary school, a health care centre, social service and homes management departments, a farming initiative and LIV factories that provide crucial skills training.
Two young boys from LIV Village are expected to take part in the Deloitte Challenge this year. One of these participants recently ran the Park Run, missing the record by 30 seconds – an amazing feat considering that he is just 16 years old!
LIV received over R28 000 from last year’s Deloitte Challenge. This was used for the up keep of the all-important homes that form a significant foundation for a better future for these youngsters.
Runners and cyclists can either enter at selected stores in KwaZulu-Natal (Sportszone, Durban Runner or Poobie Naidoo’s Sports), Gauteng (The Randburg Runner, The Sweat Shop) and the Western Cape (The Sweat Shop) or online at www.DeloitteChallenge.co.za. The first 4 000 entrants across the Marathon, Half Marathon and Cycle Race events will receive stylish moisture management race shirts.
For those, who aren’t putting their toes to the tarmac, there’s still plenty to look forward to. In addition to a food and drinks area and a chill zone stocked with bean bags and brollies, spectators can also look forward to entertainment and a mini market at the stadium.
For further information, please visit www.DeloitteChallenge.co.za