Every Year the Durban Golden Mile is filled the feet of thousands of people spending time with their loved ones while supporting a good cause and promoting health and fitness.
Tickets sales are open long in advance and are slightly discounted if you booked them early, which is a bonus as tickets normally sell out for this race. As an added incentive they had prizes available for those who booked early. This year they had 30 000 participants, for the size of the event everything went smoothly from collecting the race packs to the actual finish.
The charity this year was Sole to Sole, an organisation that is dedicated to distributing shoes among the less fortunate. They had various drop off points that you could leave your old but usable shoes.
As my kids have realized now sometimes race packs can be pretty exciting, especially for certain runs as they have goodie bags. This year was no exception, the goodie bags were packed with interesting things to try.
The theme this year was Walk to the Beat. We fully embraced this as we all a bunch of music loving walkers. The shirt gave you a space to write the song that resonates with you in same way, for me the most appropriate one was Twenty one Pilots – Chlorine, because for me music a chemical.
This is the second year we have done the ECR Big Walk and it felt like it went a lot quicker this year than the previous. There were a few different distances available to make sure they cover for all fitness levels. They have a 20km, 10km and 5km walk and a 9km fun run added for those who battle to keep the walking pace.
Parking was provided at either Ushaka Marine World where it started or at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, where buses were provided free of charge to all walkers as long as they had a Tshirt to identify themselves.
We did the 5km route, this was not for personal best times or pushing yourself to the limit. It was taking a walk with your kids along some of the most beautiful coast lines in the world. I have run past the same beach a few times but have not always been able to enjoy or appreciate the views as much as I can as during the walk.
One of the best things I can think of exposing my kids too is the same feeling I get when I have to wake up an early for a run, put on your number and enjoy the atmosphere. The feeling of accomplishment when it’s done and memories attached to them.
For me it’s important to have traditions, something your children can remember fondly with their kids. Warm memories that fill the soul when you think back of relatives long gone.
I will definitely try and keep this tradition with my kids for as long as I can, hopefully my love of being active will rub off. The words learn from us what they see, hopefully this will help expand their views and let it really sink in. Let’s hold thumbs. Do you have a similar tradition with your kids?