Last December, Run/Walk For Life announced that 2020 would see the first official Run/Walk For League. The newly-launched Run/Walk For Life League of Champions will be taking place throughout the year on a national level.
Run/Walk For Life members across the country can participate in various races throughout the year to earn points for their RWFL club, as well as the RWFL region they are located in.
All 96 RWFL branches across South Africa have been divided into four regions: KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State will compete as the Pangolins, South and Central Gauteng are participating as the Riverine Rabbits, Northern Gauteng, Limpopo and the North West will earn points for the Wild Dogs, with the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape making up the Cape Vultures team.
Races in which RWFL athletes can earn points for their branch and region have been identified across the country in all major cities and towns.
“We’ve really put in a lot of effort to try and identify races in as many areas as possible. We want to provide all RWFL athletes the opportunity to participate in this league. The Run/Walk For Life League of Champions focuses predominantly on participation, ” says RWFL CEO, Matthew Grosset.
Many RWFL athletes overcome unimaginable obstacles in order to reach their fitness goals, and according to Grossett this is something that needs to be celebrated more often.
The league is open to both runners and walkers, and points can be earned for 5-kilometre, 10-kilometre, 21-kilometre and 42-kilometre races. Elite athletes can earn bonus points for the regions when they attain podium positions.
According to Enrique Grobbelaar, MD of RWFL’s official marketing partner, The Social Media Company, the league was designed to make everyone feel that their efforts and achievements contribute to a larger goal.
“With this league everyone has the opportunity to be part of a provisional team. The supporters can become the athletes. In addition to supporting your provisional team, you can also jump in and contribute to the scoreboard,” says Grobbelaar.
The first league races are kicking off as early as January. Runners and walkers interested in joining the league can contact their nearest RWFL branch. Those who are not based close to a RWFL branch can still join the league by joining the Run/Walk For Life athletics club.
You can find the qualifying races here: https://runwalkforlifeleague.co.za