Sunday, 28 July 2019 saw UKZN’s first ever 10km Campus to Campus Race and 5km Fun Run which was open to staff, students and the general public.
Organised and hosted by the UKZN Corporate Relations Division with the official theme and hashtag: #1LoveUKZN, the event was held on the Westville and Howard College campuses. The Fun Run started and finished on the Westville Campus and the Race started on the Howard College campus and finished on the Westville Campus.
Participants were encouraged to dress to the theme and contribute to a day filled with excitement.
In line with promoting social cohesion and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, the event was in support of the United Nations AIDS Global 90-90-90 strategy which aims to eradicate the worldwide AIDS epidemic.
‘This is a big unity race and a proud moment not just for UKZN, but also for the people of KwaZulu-Natal to enjoy,’ said UKZN’s Executive Director of Corporate Relations, Mr Ashton Bodrick.
UKZN international students, Mr Ayomide Labulo and Mr Ayotunde Babalola, were excited to have run with flags representing their countries on the day.
Sixty-four-year-old Mrs Constance Buthelezi who participated in the 5km Fun Run said she was excited to have finished the course before her own children and looked forward to improving her time of one hour, next year.
UKZN’s Director of Human Resources Development, Mrs Busisiwe Ramabodu, who took part in the 5km Fun Run, commented on how refreshing it had been to see staff partake in living a healthy lifestyle.
Medals were given to everyone who completed the race, with cash prizes being awarded to the winners in first, second and third places in both the male and female categories.
Sipho Mbanjwa and Janet Mbhele – who had both competed in the South African Half Marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth the day before – were named the overall winners of the men’s and women’s 10 km race.
UKZN alumnus and East Coast Radio presenter, Ms Minnie Ntuli hosted the award ceremony, with performances by UKZN’s Ikusasa Lethu student group. Students also participated in the “Huku” Dance challenge which is trending on social media.
Ms Normah Zondo, University Relations Director, thanked KZN Athletics for assisting the University in putting together the event. She also thanked sponsors: Standard Bank, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Durban Chamber of Commerce, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Coca-Cola, Riverside Hotel, Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and East Coast Radio for their support in making the event a success.
Author: Hlengiwe Precious Khwela
Photographs: Itumeleng Masa