Students win in virtual jogging competition
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced almost every routine of life to be done differently and for Durban University of Technology (DUT) sports it was no exception.
There was no Comrades Marathon this year and stadiums across the globe are empty, with only players on the field. These measures are taken so that large gatherings can be prevented so the spread of the virus is limited. That is why DUT came up with the DUT Res-Life Virtual Jogging Competition.
“We need to be creative and keep students active,” said Zethembele ‘Zakes’ Skhakhane, DUT Res-Life Sports Coordinator.
The competition began last month and at the end of each month prizes are won. The competition is divided into two divisions (male & female) and the top 3 students in each division get a prize. First place at the end of each month takes home R1 000, second gets R500 and third place is awarded R300 and everyone in the top 3 will receive a gift. In the above picture are the October winners.
Students are required to download a specific app in order to participate in the competition. Zakes said the reason students are not allowed to use their own app is because different apps measure differently.
“You can run wherever you want and whenever you want, as long as males meet the minimum distance of 85 kilometres (km) per month and females meet 65,” Zakes added.
Noxolo Fukufuku, first place in the ladies’ division, said she exercises but has become lazy. However, the competition motivated her. In second place was Anele Malishe who said it is better to be in the competition than to sit at home and do nothing.
“I joined the competition to exercise and the money was a bonus,” said Noxolo.
Sphiwesihle Mpongose, second place in gents’ division, said the competition is tough and that hard work is important.
“I didn’t know who number one was, I just saw his name on the app. I wanted to see who was beating me,” Sphiwesihle mentioned.
Nhlakanipho Mnqayi was third place and he plays football. He reckons football and running are pretty much the same.
“I do my football training in Pinetown and then jog home [Clairmont].” said Nhlakanipho.
Sabelo Nxumalo, first place, ran over 450 km in October and like Sphiwesihle he says the competition is tough.
“The last time I ran was when I saw Sphiwesihle catching up and I woke up at 10:30pm and ran until midnight,” said a jovial Sabelo.
The competition continues this month, and these students are eager to take the prize.
Picture: Linda Sosibo