By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo
Scores of enthusiasts took part in the inaugural Adventist Athletics Club virtual marathon this Sunday in a refreshing development following the battering of sport by Covid-19.
It was all smiles despite sweat from the difficult terrain as athletes returned to action during the virtual marathon that saw participants squaring off in 5, 10 and 21km events.
The event saw Athletes selecting their own route to meet the stipulated distance with a tracking system being employed to determine winners.
The event dubbed, ‘Fitness for Touching Lives,’ was oversubscribed with the ultimate objective being to raise funds for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic under the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
Some of the athletes had this to say:
“The race was fun besides that I was running alone.”
“It was ok because I could rest when I wanted to. When you are in a group you have pressure to run even when you are tired.”
“I felt tired but I enjoyed the exercise.”
“It was very challenging. I never thought I could make it. Imagine 10km and besides, I’m not even an athlete but thank God I made it.”
“It’s not as exciting as when we have so many people around us but under the conditions, it’s something to keep us going until this whole situation is over.”
“I think the only thing that was missing is the funfair that comes with starting and finishing time but in terms of the race itself I really enjoyed it.”
“It was a new experience for me. Running a virtual race was a first and I’m glad I have a medal to show for it.”
A representative of the Event organisers, Mpumelelo Ndiweni revealed that the marathon was also meant to promote a healthy lifestyle through the monthly Fitness Sundays programme.
“I think as a start, this is quite successful. One healthy life is what matters to us.”
For those that could take part in the marathon, there was an aerobics session at the finishing point.
Virtual events have become critical in keeping the momentum going in various sport codes since the outbreak of Covid-19.