Thanks to South Africa and the world for heeding the call to be part of the inaugural virtual #MrPriceFoundationChallenge this past weekend. The fundraising event incorporated both a Run and a Ride, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Mr Price Foundation’s incredible youth empowerment programmes.
The 15-year old Foundation teamed up with the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) to present a first of its kind virtual event, due to Covid-19 and the consequent restriction on sports events.
Over the past ten years, the annual Mr Price Foundation Ride was limited to cyclists participating in a two-day 606km cycling event from Secunda to Durban.
With the bulk of entries coming from within South Africa, this year’s Challenge has also attracted participants from the USA, Sweden, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, The Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.
Thanks to the bigheartedness of the event’s partners and participants, more than R5-million has been raised over the years for the Foundation’s outreach work, aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality amongst the South African youth.
More than 800 participants of all ages and fitness levels entered the Challenge with runners having a choice of participating in either the 3km, 7km or 21km distances; while cyclists could choose to ride a 10km, 45km, 90km, 303km or even a 606km route.
Both runners and cyclists in the Challenge will receive a stunning medal and T-shirt as well as enjoy the bragging rights of having contributed to the greater good for the youth of South Africa.