Get those entries in for the annual Discovery 702 Walk the Talk. A limit has been set on participant numbers, and it’s filling fast.
WAKING up in the dark in the middle of winter to stroll around Johannesburg is not usually on the top of most people’s to-do list.
Walk the Talk is a day of walking for fun, good health and charityWalk the Talk is a day of walking for fun, good health and charity (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)But on one Sunday in July every year, it is. Over 50 000 of the city’s residents come together to “Walk the Talk” and help charity while they are at it.
This year’s Discovery 702 Walk the Talk is taking place on 24 July. Entries are open and individual submissions are due to close on 31 May or when the 50 000 limit has been reached, while team entries will close on 23 May.
“Walk the Talk provides the residents of Johannesburg with a fun-filled day in the warm winter sun,” said the head of multimedia and communications at the race office, Chevaughn Jacoby. “The overall ambience and spirit on the day is most enjoyable and participants love this event as they get to socialise, be active and get entertained all in one experience.”
There are four options, for those who are doing it for fun versus those who are doing it competitively: 5, 8, 15 and 30 kilometres. Those competing in the 5km and 8km categories will not just be doing it for a laugh though, as R5 of every entry will go towards the Laureus Sport for Good foundation.
“The event [is] largely charity-based and also [provides] a platform to numerous other charities to use the event for fundraising,” Jacoby said. “A further R5 from each entry will go towards a project to support the surrounding communities and also to thank them for allowing us to use their roads for the day.”
Discovery 702 Walk the Talk is the largest mass-participation event in southern Africa, and last year had 54 000 participants.
It is also embracing the green revolution by encouraging participants to file their applications electronically. “Online entries have been available since the first occurrence of the event, and we are hoping that this will become the primary means of entering for the event going forward.
“Online entries are cheaper this year [R100 as opposed to R110 when entering manually] and we are also driving the ‘green’ factor to reduce paper wastage,” she said.
Raising the event’s popularity stakes is the dog walk, which allows you to take your four-legged friend along with you on the 5km and 8km routes. There are even a multitude of doggie water points along the way.
The dog walk (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Dogs are also welcome to take a walk (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Walk the Talk is celebrating its 11th edition, and shows no signs of slowing down. Already there are about 12 000 entries, according to Jacoby, and the 50 000 spots seem set to be filled fast.
Roads in the area will be closed to facilitate the large numbers of participants. To view which roads will be closed and for how long, visit the Walk the Talk website.
It will kick off at 6.30am with the 30km race. The 15km segment will begin at 7.30am; the 8km will start at 9am and the 5km walk will begin at 11am. For the sixth year, Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia is serving as the starting and finishing point.
Walk the Talk is sponsored by Discovery and Talk Radio 702 and is hosted by the City of Johannesburg. All participants who finish the race will receive medals, and if you enter before 31 May you stand a chance of winning a R25 000 Pick n Pay voucher.
For more information on the event and how to enter, go to the Walk the Talk website.
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