People often think of townships as places where one encounters traffic congestion and a feeling of insecurity. But the recent Pick n Pay Junior Road Running series held on 24 September in Daveyton was superbly organised and showed what can be done to get the youth involved in road running. Traffic control was well taken care of and the presence of the police ensured the safety of all participants.
Adults were encouraged to run along with their children to show support and in the process get a good workout! Registration was made affordable with entry fees of only R3 for the 2.5km event and R6 for the 5km. Every participant got a T-shirt, medal, and some snacks while the winners took home some well deserved prizes.
This series is a great way to keep the young ones off the streets, in the bad sense, and to motivate them to participate in running activities instead. The future of athletics lies in the identification and development of these kids through events of this magnitude. The last event of the series will be held on 22 October in Soweto.