Heritage Hill Estate Fun Run | Pretoria East
When the Village Run posters went up, it was seen as an opportunity for residents to jump start health resolutions for the new year and enjoy a sociable event in the convenience of their residential estate. Not even the inclement weather could put a stop to this event.
This was a friendly race that involved road running and participants took part for their own enjoyment, rather than competition. The circuit race took place over a unique 1km route within the Heritage Hill Estate, winding past a few houses, through a few quiet streets and around the buzzing lemon orchard.
Leapfrog Property Group, the main event sponsor, provided all that was necessary to make their first fun run a very memorable family event.
The atmosphere was electrifying with participants donning their best running gear, raring to go! What better way to spend a brisk Friday evening? A boundless mix of men, women and children gathered at the starting line. It was wonderful to see some medical staff from the nearby N.H.C. Medical Centre supporting this event. Pieter de Koning, aka “Pistol Pete” (resident and MC) entertained everyone throughout the event.
All proceeds from the 74 registrants, will be go to Operation Smile South Africa through the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation. A total of R3 200 was raised for the initiative on behalf of all the participants.
Bright green Leapfrog peak caps, dotted the area and novelty masks, pencil bins and sweets were handed out to the kids at the start-finish line. Cooldrinks and ice were donated by Christo from Johnny Liquor. The Heritage Hill Estate’s Home Owners Association along with Johan Engelbrecht (resident adrenalin junky), ensured that the route was clearly marked, and they also generously covered all other organisational costs.
There were a number of winners, identified according to novel categories such as; most mature runner, youngest runner, best teen spirit and best team effort (relay runners). Prizes for these categories were donated by Verryn MathlareAttorneys – attorneys in partnership with Leapfrog Heritage Hill. All the participants put in a sterling effort and a few relay teams managed to finish more than 30 laps – all for this wonderful cause!
Dream Vacations (Louis Boijzardt) donated the fabulous prize for the individual who completed the most laps in the allocated time: Khotso Mokoko, ran 21kms in just over 2 hours and will soon enjoy his vacation to the value of R20 000!
The highlight, aside from health and wellness, was the sense of community and camaraderie that filled the air. Braais were on the go while lights lit up the route and smiles lit up faces. As rain fell gently from time-to-time the spectators cheered, some residents walked sipping on wine, children laughed and danced and even a few dogs wagged their tails along the way – all urging runners to finish strong.
The Village Run was certainly a highlight of the community calendar and participants were buzzing afterwards with talk of when the next race will take place and ideas of how to outdo one another at the next one. Appreciation must be given to all who were involved in organising yet another fantastic family event. It was a fun opportunity to make a difference and be a part of something great.
Residents are definitely looking forward to the next one!
Please visit our campaign website to learn more about the Leapfrog Smiles to the Power of 10 CSR initiative.