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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


#KZNVirtualRun and #RunAgainstGBV


EVENT DATE: Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 July 2020

TIME: Anytime between 06h00 and 18h00 (strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention guidelines)

Who can enter: All South African citizens.

Register at www.comrades.com or follow link at www.kzndsr.gov.za.





The KZN Virtual Run, to be hosted virtually on 18 and 19 July, is a new initiative that is borne from the need to promote an active and healthy lifestyle as one of the tools to boost our immunity in an effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual Run has a special focus on young people and follows the successful hosting of the Comrades Marathon - Race the Legends Virtual Race on June 14, which was supported by the Department.


The KZN Virtual Run will coincide with the birthday of the iconic former President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, on 18 July, hence the focus of the Run being on restoring good moral values and to encourage people, especially young men to do good.


Following the cancellation of the annual KZNDSR Youth Run that was scheduled for last month, the Department is partnering with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics and Comrades Marathon Association to stage the KZN Virtual Race that will allow people to run, jog or walk within their own home or training environment. Entry is open for everyone!


Ensuring that we maintain our activity levels can help our physical health and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety that are common at this time of heightened uncertainty. Socially distancing, self-isolation and changes to our daily routines pose challenges to us all. Participating in physical activity and exercise will enhance our physical and mental health and reduce symptoms of anxiety.


With the announcement by the Minister of Basic Education, on the reopening of school that “no school sport will be played” this Virtual Run will allow children and youth to engage in some sort of physical activity out of school and without compromising the COVID-19 regulations. The KZN Virtual Run will also allow the 6 000 – 8 000 youth (mainly learners) who would have participated in the Youth Run, an opportunity to walk/run/jog for 67 minutes on Mandela Day and inspire their communities to “take their health and safety of women and children into their own hands”


The KZN Virtual Run will allow people from all walks of life to be a part of this significant day of service to humanity and find their own way to bring this message to the fore whilst participating in the race.


Due to an overwhelming request from stakeholders and the public, the KZN Virtual Run is now open to all – young and old as the 18 July is a call to everyone to make their contribution in changing the world for the better!




With the country under lockdown, the Department is working with different stakeholders to ensure that people remain active and healthy during this period. Whilst “no sport is allowed in schools” it is critical for children to engage in physical activity in their spare time whilst adhering to safety and social distancing regulations. Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin phrase, usually translated as "a healthy mind in a healthy body" - physical exercise is an important or essential part of mental and psychological well-being.


The Department is partnering with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics and the Comrades Marathon Association to host the KZN Virtual Run over two days to allow people access to this innovative race and ensure their complete their 67 minutes of physical activity. Hosting the race over two days will give as many people as possible an opportunity to walk, jog or run at any time of the day over the two days. 


The KZN Virtual Run will include a 2km, 5km and 10km race. The 2km distance is specifically targeted at people with disabilities, senior citizens, young children and families.


Enhancing access to online resources to facilitate sport activities where available will be a key goal in order to maintain social distancing and keeping the Coronavirus in check.  The KZN Virtual Run will also be marketed through the Department’s District Centres of Operation and Provincial and District Sport Confederation.


July is also Men’s month and besides COVID-19, one of the challenges gripping this country is the escalation of Gender Based Violence (GBV) with the increase in violence against innocent women and children by men.


The KZN Virtual Run will create a platform to highlight the scourge of gender-based violence and encourage young males to take a stand and protect women and children against all forms of abuse.


Through sport a heightened focus can be placed on the plight of women and children and a clarion call made for a behavioural shift of boys and men during Men’s month


We are inviting everyone to register for this race and share your message against gender-based violence and abuse of women and children. People participating are encouraged to share their messages against gender-based violence, on their personal social media platforms as well as those of Comrades Marathon and the Department.




Entries for the KZN Virtual Run opened on Wednesday, 08 July 2020. Entries will remain open until the 19 July 2020. To register visit Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com or the Departments website www.kzndsr.gov.za.


Entry to the KZN Virtual Run is FREE!




All participants who finish their respective distance will receive a Virtual Medal. Runners have until midnight on Sunday, 19 July to upload their results on the website and Comrades App.



Race Numbers will be emailed to every entrant. Entrants are encouraged to print out the Race Number and attach it to their running kit on Race Day.


Participants are encouraged to take images and videos wearing their race numbers or to walk/jog/run with placards displaying their stand against Gender-Based Violence and share across the various social media platforms #kzndsryouthrun .



Participants are encouraged to strictly observe all lockdown regulations that are aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. Wear you face masks, families can run together but observe social distancing guidelines.


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