Hollard Daredevil Run Attracts Over 2000 Runners

The 2021 Hollard Daredevil Run attracted over 2000 runners across South Africa.

Usually held as a mass participation event in Johannesburg, this year’s run on 15 October saw the first ever Covid edition national Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 take place around the country.

The event, which raises funds for prostate and testicular cancer awareness and screening, saw  runners taking part countrywide dressed only in a purple speedo.

“This is a run with a difference that makes a difference. The Hollard Daredevil Run has been a highlight on the South African social calendar since 2009, attracting thousands of brave men from all walks of life to do their part to raise awareness about male cancers,” said Heidi Brauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Hollard. “At Hollard, we like to do things differently, to be bold, brave and ballsy. The act of stripping down to nothing but a speedo is not only challenging for runners, but also challenges stereotypes about male cancers. It takes courage to strip down to a speedo and run in public – but that’s the whole idea. The Hollard Daredevil Run challenges South African men to confront male cancers head-on by showing that they’re not afraid to run in a speedo, not afraid to talk about cancer, and not afraid to get checked”.

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Far from being limited to the streets around Zoo Lake in Johannesburg, this year the event attracted participants from every corner of the country. This included the involvement of individuals, high schools, universities, corporates, running clubs and fitness associations.

While the new format of the event this year was all about smaller groups and social distancing, the reach and support achieved far surpassed any expectations.

From teams participating in rural villages and communities, a team of game rangers running in the Kruger National Park and Parliamentary runners taking part in Cape Town, to a team in the Kalahari Desert pounding the roads of Kathu, the Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 reached far and wide.

All proceeds from the annual Hollard Daredevil Run go to the Cancer Association of South Africa and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and is on the increase. According to global research, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with the risk of prostate cancer increasing with age. Early diagnosis can mean a 95% chance of being cured.

Any members of the public wanting to support this initiative can go to www.daredevilrun.com to donate funds towards cancer awareness and screening initiatives.

For more information about prostate and testicular cancer, go to https://prostate-ca.co.za/ or https://cansa.org.za/.

Look out for the Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 highlights, which will be flighted on Supersport Channel 207 (Variety 2) starting on Tuesday 19 October at 18h00.

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