Nelson Mandela Bay’s Freedom Run A Success

APRIL 13, 2015

The morning was warm and beautiful; participants were set for the race that lay ahead and the platform had been set by Nelson Mandela Bay’s Freedom Run, which took place on April 11, 2015. Runners from far and wide participated, in support of the cause, being our freedom as a democratic nation.

Officials from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality were in attendance, to support the event, enjoy the festivities and reinforce its cause, including Councillor Marion Harning, Executive Director for Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture Ms Noxolo Nqwazi, and Sport & Recreation Director Charmaine Williams.

The fifth annual instalment proved to be a major success, with a record number of 490 racers crossing the finish line, in both the 5km and 10km race. As the morning progressed, more spectators had begun filling up the pavilion at Motherwell’s NU2 Stadium.

A sense of pride and humility was felt, when speaking with Michael Mbambani, who is the convener and the founder of the Freedom Run. “This year went beyond our expectations. We expected a certain number, and ended up running out of race numbers” said Mbambani.

When asked how he felt about the event running for its fifth year, Michael said: “Excited! It is indeed a legacy event and it is actually leaving a legacy within Nelson Mandela Bay. The kind of partnerships and sponsorships I have from the municipality and the Motherwell urban renewal is immense. I thank them very much”

Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay did not only come out to run a race, they came out to celebrate our freedom as a nation. The event certainly set the tone for further celebrations to take place in the month to come.