Walk the Talk

Enthusiastic walkers braving the icy wind whilst walking in Braamfontein

Enthusiastic walkers braving the icy wind whilst walking in Braamfontein

If you’re not walking around today clutching your back or moaning about the blisters on your feet, then you’re definitely not from Johannesburg.  Yesterday, 27 July 2014, marked the annual Radio 702  Discovery Walk the Talk, the most brilliant day in Jozi.  Thousands of people left their homes at the crack of dawn, braved the icy cold winter weather, and headed to the start of the race at Mark’s Park, to participate in the community/charity walk.

The competitive walkers always start off first, 6.30 am, and this year were followed by the special 20 km walkers, celebrating ‘20 years of Freedom and Democracy.’  The route included historical and cultural places of interest, including Wits University, The Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, the National Museum of Military History and The Johannesburg Zoo.

I’ve done this 702 Walk for the last 10 years, and my first walk celebrated ’10 Years of Freedom and Democracy’.  An amazing thought!  This year was without doubt the best and most creative route ever.  The walk included ‘mock voting lines’, interactive puppet displays, music, and around Con Hill, video footage and walk-by photographic exhibits.

There are always plenty of water stops for both people and dogs, and the fantastic volunteers hand out the ripest of bananas, the sweetest of oranges, and this year, even fresh fruit salad! There’s first aid around, excellent security and good marshalling.

For the less energetic, or families with young kids and babes, there are the 8 km and the 5 km routes, and these go through the leafy suburbs of Emmarentia and Greenside.

They’re a fabulous way to get into the walk, and I know, once you’ve done a ‘short’ walk, you’ll move on to the longer ones soon after.

Part of the entry fee goes to a community legacy project, but apart from that, the walk is SUCH FUN!  We walked and talked, a couple of Johannesburg Guest House owners and I, and we’ve already ‘High Fived’ about doing it again next year.

Liz At Lancaster Guest House completed the 20 km walk in a brilliant four and a half hours.  Tony from Graton Guest House said he was not envious at all when he waved goodbye to his guests from Tshwane, as they braved the icy cold to go do the 8 km walk.

Thanks Discovery Health. Thanks Radio 702.  Fantastic fun and excellent organization.

Now to heal my blisters…