Eyasekasi – get fit and run the historic race

Runners at the start of the 2014 Eyasekasi race
Runners at the start of the 2014 Eyasekasi race

Runners can see historical sites on their winding route
THE countdown has begun and with a week remaining before the start of the Eyasekasi race, excitement is running high.
Hundreds of runners are expected to arrive at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre in Komani next Saturday for the 6km and 12km races which will take participants past historic sites in Mlungisi.
Event organiser and Lukhanji Athletics Club chairman Sabelo Jayiya said the race was aimed at instilling love, friendship and unity among families and communities around Komani.
“This is a run for everyone. It can be enjoyed by both the young and old in families.”
The event also serves to highlight historic events associated with Mlungisi.
“This will help the people to remember heroes from the area, such as Luvuyo Lerumo and the people who were killed in the Bulhoek and Queenstown massacres.”
Jayiya is hopeful that the annual Eyasekasi race will inspire people to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
“We have lots of activities in Komani involving sport, dance and music, and we want running to be among these events.”
The name Eyasekasi (which means “from the township”) was unique. “We did not want to name it after anyone as we did not want to make it seem like it is affiliated with any political party,” Jayiya said.
Runners from East London are expected to join in the fun.
Registration forms are available at the Enoch Mgijima Municipality, the Chris Hani District Municipality and the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture offices in Ebden Street.
Registration will take place at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre next Friday from 4.30pm to 7pm and next Saturday from 4.30am to 5.45am.
T-shirts and medals will be given to the first 200 runners.

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