THOUSANDS GATHER TO TACKLE THE BIG WALK
By: Chanelle Lutchman
It was clear blue skies for all those who attempted to take on the annual East Coast Radio Big Walk.
Over the years, the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk has evolved from a random race to one of the biggest socially walked events to hit Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Over 33 000 runners participated this year and here’s what many had to say:
“It’s a first time for me,” said Shannal Pillay. “I always heard about the event but I had to be present to actually experience the atmosphere. Its upbeat and the people are amazing. I had loads of fun.”
Preshen Padayachee said, “This was our 2nd year of the Big Walk and our first attempt at the 10km route. It was tiring towards the end but being surrounded by all the other walkers in a cheerful atmosphere really helped everybody pull through the last leg of the walk.”
“It was fun, a lovely atmosphere and I enjoyed myself toughly,” said Renuka Sukhoo.
“This was my forth time doing it. I started with my family. But this year I went with cousins and campus friends. As for my experience, it’s fun, it’s something different and challenging. You go with friends and along the way you meet new people and make new friends, and because you are having fun, you don’t really feel the walk and pain until the walk is over and the excitement has ended,” said Vishek Singh.
The East Coast Radio Big Walk is East Coast Radio’s way of getting people up and about and living a healthier lifestyle by being active while enjoying the sights and sounds of warm, sun-shiny Durban. With a crowd so vibrant and energetic and the numbers growing each year, organisers are encouraging even more people to be a part of the walk next year.