By: Ayabonga Ngoma
The fitness bug has got me bad, so naturally I enter every possible race I can, and Walk The Talk was no exception. I’ve done this event before purely out of curiosity and severe FOMO and this year I was back doing more kilometres, part of different group of walkers and had a fun-tastic day!
The start of the race was a jam; 702 DJs got us all warmed up by doing some light stretching and breathing to stay warm. Get this… they brought out PJ Powers for the 20km start in the early hours of the morning. She did the national anthem and some of her hits. For the 8km we got Dr Victor to get things started, for the 20,000 walkers, and he killed it with his old hits as well as doing a Mafikizolo cover which triggered some walkers to do the shuffle on the spot. Definitely a highlight.
This year Discovery & 702 dropped the 15km and made it 20km to commemorate our 20 Years of democratic freedom. This walk changed things up a bit and got the participants to walk through the inner city of Joburg, passed landmarks like Constitution Hill, Nelson Mandela Bridge and the likes. The 5km and 8km walks were not changed; same routes and times (last year I did the 5km). I regrettably did the 8km because I was not up to walking for 3+ hours… let’s just say when I saw the pictures from friends who did the 20km/Freedom Walk I was slightly jealous. And by jealous I mean an 8 on an envy scale out of 10. It also didn’t help that they had better looking t-shirts.
Personal rants aside; I thoroughly enjoy my walk and being part of the event. The best thing is that everyone is involved, from kids in prams, dogs on leashes, the physically challenged, corporate teams and politicians. It was a great start to my day and seeing a lot of friends and colleagues full of energy and taking part was great. Everyone was of course a winner and got medals for their participation.
Big ups to City of Joburg and the sponsors for organising yet another well organised event. Be sure to join WTT 2015 when registrations open, because they go fast. I’ll be sure to do the longer walk next time.