To promote and foster ideals of the Olympic and Commonwealth Movements among Member States.


  •  To promote the enhancement of legislation that protects athletes’ welfare including preservation of their earnings.
  • Mass participation (number, number, one big family); effectively a low cost high impact event.
  • The marathon must ultimately be a competition for the runners (quality of competition and organization is key).
  • It must be a fun event
  • It must engender the SADC Community spirit (continue the legacy of frontline states)
  • It must celebrate Africanness
  • It must be accessible for the local community without discrimination
  • It must be an attractive event
  • It must generate profit


  • Entertainment/ music/ dance etc.
  • It must be voluntary (no unique cohesion)
  • Must have low barriers of entry
  • Must cut across all groups, gender, age, etc. SADC Spirit:
  • At least all the SADC countries must participate
  • It must be a competitive event
  • The marathon must promote wellness awareness

Celebrate Africanness

 The theme and ambiance of the day must be about celebrating Africa (food, decoration, colours, plants, etc.)


Entry requirements must be minimal


  •  There must be prize money for the marathon (40 prizes)
  • There must be a goodies bag for the ‘fun marathon’
  • The fun-run aspect must have a special sector challenge. E.g. ministers, corporate etc.

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