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‘We all love this run’

Families enjoy a picnic and some well-deserved food after the annual Valentine's Race.

Love was in the air again as about a thousand runners hit the streets for the Randburg Harriers 10km Valentine’s Race. For the first time, the annual run was held in the afternoon and included a vibrant picnic vibe, on February 12.

Tutus, wings, wigs, crowns and tiaras, and all things colourful were worn by runners as they celebrated the day of love. But the run itself was not easy, featuring one of the hilliest routes of Joburg’s 10km races.

Indeed, Maria Street was almost a swear word for those not used to the challenging distance, but it was all good in the end as fitness was promoted. Community members even sat outside their homes on the route, cheering and playing music to help runners on their way.

“The race was a huge success, this was our welcome back’ run,” said race director, Connie Mkize. “The club really wanted to welcome the community back after two challenging years experienced in sports. It was a fun-filled afternoon and evening that left me with two highlights.

“One was the purposeful support from the friends and family of Randburg Harriers. Everyone involved was committed to making the day a success.” Her other highlight was seeing people dance in the sunset and having a good time at the post-race party.

Club chairperson Jacob Shayi thanked all who came through to support the amazing event.

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