The 2017 Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run, in its fourth year of existence, will take place on Sunday, 10 December 2017.
The run, launched yesterday by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), the Gauteng provincial government and the City of Tshwane, will kick off the South African commemoration programme which will ensure that the legacy and heritage of the late former President Nelson Mandela are appropriately celebrated.
NMF trustee Tokyo Sexwale said the walk - and now run - symbolises a commitment to Madiba's beliefs and ideals. "There comes a time, as a country, when we have to walk, and a time when we have to run," he said.
Sexwale said this year's theme of "Remembering Madiba: Deepening democracy and building an inclusive society" was chosen as a reminder for all to reflect on the society and the world Madiba dreamt of.
He made reference to the activities of walking and running as a symbol of what all South Africans should do to catch up with the world. "We are behind and must walk faster and run to address some of the promises that were made to the people."
This call is a reminder to continue to fight injustice whenever it shows itself, and to build a country that matches Mandela's dreams.
Speaking on behalf of Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Ivor Hoff, Chief Director in the Gauteng Department of Sport and Recreation, announced the introduction of a 10km run to prelude the 2018 centenary celebrations marking the 1918 birth of the late former President.
Hoff encouraged everyone to come out and take part in the remembrance walk and run activities, and help to remember the sacrifice, courage and patriotism that Madiba dedicated to his country.
The race will start from the Union Buildings in Tshwane and the route goes past five heritage sites, presenting the perfect opportunity for participants to familiarise themselves with the country's rich history.
This year also sees the introduction of a market, where runners and families can mingle and enjoy themselves in the spirit of Madiba.
About 15 000 participants took part in the 2016 event, while entries for 2017 have been capped at 20 000 participants.
Those interested in participating can get more information on early bird specials and entry fees at https://www.mandelawalkandrun.com/.
All proceeds raised from the entry fees are donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to continue the work the foundation does to preserve and promote the legacy of Madiba.