On Sunday the 28th of July 2013, the 14th annual ‘Discovery 702 Walk The Talk’ walking event took place at Marks Park, one of South Africa’s premier walking events.
Entries were limited to 55 000 people walking the 5km, 8km, 15km or 30km distances. As always, a good couple of of thousand dogs were also entered that accompanied their owners. To my surprise several babies in ‘running prams’ were also seen. As per usual, the watering points along the way were very well managed with water, Coke and Energade handed out. Watering points for the dogs were also seen en route.
The city of Johannesburg has for the last 9 years been an active partner in the event. The race co-insides with the city’s healthy living campaign ‘Go Jozi’ through which Johannesburg residents are encouraged to participate in physical activities such a walking, running and other sport in order to prevent lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiac ailments. No less than five CoJ departments were involved in this year’s event. They are Safety and Security, Emergency Management Services, Disaster Management, Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and Environmental Health.
The event officially ended at the Marks Park sports grounds, adjacent to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens which, with it’s ample parking is probably the most ideal place to host the largest mass participation event in Africa. Upon entering the finishing area each participant received a medal and a goody bag and also entered the entertainment area where food was available for sale. Numerous corporate companies also make use of the opportunity to entertain their staff (who entered the event in groups), in marquee tents on the grounds where several catering companies supply food and drink. Live entertainment was supplied by Mi Casa and Flash Republic and had spectators dancing on the lawns in front of the stage. People were heard talking about entering again for the 2014 race as everyone seemed to have enjoyed it.
The crowd starts to move just as the event gets underway.
Some teams are quite colourful and all in the name of different charity events.
Going down Hill Rd Emmerentia.
The crowd is moving into the Zoo Lake area.
Some action around one of the watering points.
A Coca-Cola roadshow truck just before the walkers pass through under the M1 bridge.
Arriving at the finishing point.
Smoke from the catering area where different corporates had their hospitality tents erected for their staff who entered the event.
The crowds are leaving for the car park on the grounds of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.