Aim

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

Objective

  •  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

Fun

  • 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.)

Accessibility 

Entry requirements must be minimal

Attractiveness

  •  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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