Our day started with a 4am wakeup call this morning so that we could accompany the Team World Vision runners to the start line of the Comrades. Despite the fact that the sun was not due to rise for another two hours the city streets were packed full of thousands of Africans and a few hundred foreigners getting ready to run the 56 miles.
After the gun sounded and we watched 18,000 people run past us a few of us Breakthrough runners hurried over to the beach to see if we could catch the sun rising over the Indian Ocean. We made it in time and decided to go for a swim in the warm ocean to maximize our opportunity. It was awesome!
We spent the rest of the day leapfrogging our Team World Vision colleagues and cheering thousands of athletes. At the festival and stadium where the race ended was where we got to see runner after runner run, walk, crawl and stumble across the finish line! All 7 of the TWV runners finished and the kids were pumped and going nuts for them the whole day!
Made props to the TWV crew! %100 of team finishing two years in a row!
Due to some fancy networking of World Vision South Africa’s Sonia Cronje, we actually got to be interviewed on South African national television which was also streaming live in the stadiums jumbo trons! It was awesome publicity to over 4 million people in SA! Thanks Sonia!!
Because of our long day and our runners extreme fatigue we as group decided to try out this little local joint for dinner here in Durban, South Africa. I believe it was called McDonalds? You may have heard of itJ. It tasted a little different to our kids but it was comforting none the less! Check out the day’s pics below…