The community of Mtubatuba came out in their large numbers to attend the annual Qaphe Eqolo Save The Rhino Run. The event was held at the Machibini Sports Grounds on Sunday the 17th of June 2018. Hosted by the Mtubatuba Athletics club in collaboration with Ayanda Msweli, the event aimed to encourage running and fitness and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Its main aim however was to save the endangered rhino specie so that the future generations can see the animal.
There was a 21,1km race, a 10km run, as well as a 5km fun run which was mainly run by the children. Before their 5km race, they assisted the 21,1km runners by providing them with satchels of water while they ran to the finish line. When it was time for the 5km fun run, the cheerful young athletes couldn’t wait to start the run. During the run, the children unnecessarily splashed water on their faces imitating the older 21,1km runners.
The finish line was filled with a cheerful crowd ready to congratulate the runners who received medals.Sarah Ntuli (45), a truck driver all the way from Mpumalanga was one of those who participated in the 10km run. He said that he was there to represent all the truck drivers in the country and was also preparing for the Soweto Marathon which will happen later this year. The eThekwini Athletic Club was also present. Mandla Mngomezulu who is the manager of the club expressed his gratitude to the Mtubatuba Athletic Club for hosting the fruitful event.
“We came all the way from Durban to support this initiative which is also contributing to the development of sports in the province,” he said, adding that the race was well organised and the standard was very high. After the race, everybody was treated to an entertainment session by the stage. From gqom music to maskandi, everyone’s music taste was represented. The children showed off their talents in dancing, singing and reciting poetry for the audience. An awards presentation for the successful athletes was held after that. The big winners of the day were, Tsepo Mathibelle who won the 21,1km for the males and Mamorallo Tjoka who won the 21,1km in the female category.