Discovery Cape Times Big Walkon November 10, 2010
In 1903 the Spartan Harriers organised the first Big Walk, little did they know, this event would be an overwhelming success for the next 100 years to follow. Today, it is as popular as ever, attracting a record of 34 000 walkers in 2009. The Big Walk has truly stood the test of time as South Africa’s oldest mass participation sporting event. With various routes and distances to choose from, there’s something for everyone. There are ten distances to choose from this year, with all routes leading to the finish at Rhodes High School in Mowbray.
Whether you go alone, with a friend or the family, the benefits of walking are many and varied. A brisk walk increases oxygen intake and gets the heart pumping, which in turn can contribute to lower blood pressure. Other benefits of walking include stemming the onset of degenerative joint disease, helping to reduce stress, and aiding in getting a good night’s sleep.
The Discovery Cape Times Big Walk is not just a fun, healthy day out but also an opportunity to give to those who are in need. This charity driven event gives back to the community each year by donating proceeds to selected charities. This year the Steenberg Foundation and the Breast Cancer Fundraisers will be the main benefactors.
Seeing the diverse Capetonian community of all ages, races and creed take to the streets together is a truly incredible experience and the event is one not to be missed! Whether you are walking or simply supporting, be there on the 14th November 2010 to be a part of South Africa’s oldest and most popular walking event!