Kanego Lewele

MOKOPANE: Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba officially opened the Limpopo’s inaugural run for cancer ultra-marathon on Saturday morning, the 28 October 2017 organised by the Department and SA Run for Cancer.

Despite the freezing temperature of less than 12 Degree Celsius the runners came in numbers to participate in different categories from 5, 10, 21, 32 kilos and ultra-marathon for the day 48 kilos from Mokopane to Polokwane.

MEC Dr. Ramathuba applauded all the participants who despite the cold weather left the comfort of their homes to come and support the good cause, awareness on cancer.

Dr. Ramathuba said the department is impressed by the turn up especially the fact that the marathon was inaugural and can only hope for improvement in future and also emphasized that everyone who came to participate is a winner.

“At the end of the day this marathon is about raising awareness on cancer and encourage those who are diagnosed with cancer not lose hope and also support people living with cancer,” said the MEC.

MEC hopes that with the success of the marathon the fight against cancer across all sectors the society will be intensified.

The marathon also attracted international runners and also Limpopo’s own comrade winner Ludwick Mamabolo and others.

Kabede Abera Dinkie from Ethopia won the ultra-marathon in just over two hour period.