The Long Run

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…



8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ron Funk on May 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Once again, Amazing! Glad all went well and you and the kid’s got to take a dip. Congrats to all the WV runners! I’m sure seeing and hearing the support from the Breakthrough group kept thier spirits up.


  2. Posted by Robert, Grace, and Olivia on May 30, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Congatulations on a great cheering job, Breakthrough!! The sunrise swim sounded awesome. Glad to finally see a picture with you, Melissa. I know you the photographer usually and I must say, GREAT PICTURES!!!!! Sounds like everyone is truly experiencing a very deep and emotional time. You will never forget this, and will certainly create life-long friends. You are sharing a special bond with each other – the good and the challenging. So. so happy for you all.


  3. Posted by Paula Kramer on May 30, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and highlights of your day! What fun to be interviewed for TV! Great job Sonia! God’s blessings to you all and you’re all in my prayers this week!


  4. Posted by mo on May 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

    This is so sweet! We send our love and prayers!!! Were all so proud of you all!!! Keep up Gods great work of loving others!!!


  5. Posted by Mr. Peters on May 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Just Wonderful! I am happy that all of you are well and enjoying the experience. It’s fun for me too that you are sharing this experience, I’m too lazy to travel. Great smiles in the photos too! Learning how others live will help to shape your education. Dr. King once said that”intelligence plus character is the true goal of education”. Your experience in shanty town will hopefully motivate you to make a difference in the lives of others and to always stand tall when it comes to injustices.


  6. Posted by Kevin Gwin on May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Great to see that God is allowing your time there to be blessed. I am excited for all of you and I look forward to hearing more when you return.


  7. Posted by Kimberly Embery Carroll on May 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    To God be the Glory!!!!!!!


  8. Posted by Marcia Ream on June 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Melissa, what great pictures !! It sounds like you and your team are having a ball and learning important things about what it means to give of yourself to help others. They’ve sure got a great mentor to show them the way. You all have a wonderful time and take care. Come home safe to us back home. Much Love, Marcia


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