South African President Nelson Mandela takes a 6 am walking along Park Lane, accompanied by his bodyguards, during a visit to London, July 1996. He is wearing a track suit in the South African national colours, with the Olympic logo on them. (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)
Mandela Day Houghton Run scheduled for 17 July

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting its inaugural Mandela Day Houghton Run, in celebration of Mandela Day – 18 July – which this year falls on a Monday.

The event, which will be held the previous day – Sunday 17 July – honours the birthday of global human rights icon, Nelson Mandela, and will be held in the suburb of Houghton, where Madiba often walked in his latter years.

The eight-kilometre race route will incorporate some iconic sites in Houghton, such as Madiba’s 12th street house, the Sanctuary Mandela on 13th Street, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Central Street.

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Old Edwardians club will host both the start and finish of the race, with Virgin Active, Houghton hosting the warm-up before the race and cool-down after.

The race will start at 08h00 and will be timed, with Discovery Vitality offering 300 points for members to complete the distance.

Tickets are available at Ticketpro for a donation of R200. All race proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Entries are limited and can be accessed at

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