TRADEROOT ACTIVE™ turns kilometers into impact

At the inaugural achilles hope & possibility handcycle relay race | 25-26 May 2019 | Moses Mabhida stadium South Africa

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Hosted at People’s Park at Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium on the 25th and 26th May 2019, the inaugural Achilles Hope & Possibility 24-Hour Handcycle Relay brought home the real truth behind disability and athleticism: it’s harder than it looks.

With participants completing more than 3,500 kilometres during this 24-hour relay race, the Achilles Hope and Possibility Handcycle Relay Race sought to highlight the difficulties faced by disabled athletes in KwaZulu-Natal, and beyond. As the first event of its kind in South Africa, this unique relay race attracted more than 500 participants and spectators.

Delivering a typically beautiful winter’s day, the city of Durban rose to the occasion in many ways. Backed by support from eThekwini Municipality, Moses Mabhida Stadium, and a variety of caring corporate sponsors, this race delivered so much more than just another fundraising drive. With the emphasis on FUNdraising, participants took part as teams, with each lap around the 1-kilometre track tallying up to create one team winner.

Zimbabwean businessman living with Multiple Sclerosis, Oliver Sinclair, flew in and brought four disabled athletes along, to participate. Having met his teammates while completing the Victoria Falls Marathon, Oliver committed himself and his team to the task at hand, bringing home the race trophy and clocking more than 400 kilometres during their pursuits. In total, 12 teams raced around the track for 24 hours, all in the name of raising funds for Ethembeni School and physically challenged athletes. Notably, Ethekwini Spears, Durban’s Wheelchair Basketball team, raced through the full 24 hours, completing the relay race together.  

Achilles South Africa, Get Hands On Events, and the race organisers, as well as the following sponsors, donors, and donors-in-kind, for their superb support of this important event: Slingshot Productions, Extreme Events, IGS Investigations and Security, Finish Time, Expand a Sign, Traderoot Technologies, Ocean Eyewear, Connectiv Digital, aQuelle, Mandate Meal Management, MG Print Services, Moses Mabhida Stadium

TRADEROOT ACTIVE™ is a proud partner of the inaugural Achilles Hope & Possibility Handcycle Relay Race. We are passionate about turning your kilometers into IMPACT. Traderoot Active™ is focused on generating funding for charity through the participation in outdoor sports, such as cycling, running and triathlons. It’s that simple – for every kilometer complete, R1 is donated. So, we want to hear YOUR story – tell us why you #Ride / Run / Tri for Change? 

REGISTER as a TRADEROOT ACTIVE™ ambassador. PURCHASE your branded sports gear. RECRUIT your friends to #Ride/Run/Tri for Change. Get friends, family and co-workers to SPONSOR you – from as little as R1 per KM. Get ACTIVE and rack up those KM’s! 

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Share our vision to GIVE BACK to South Africa and its youth? Eager to promote health, wellness and fitness for change? Become a TRADEROOT ACTIVE™ initiative partner, and help us to jointly make an IMPACT!

Looking ahead, the Achilles Hope and Possibility Handcycle Relay Race will begin negotiations with other cities across the country, in the hopes of hosting similar FUNdraising events in several provinces. Race organisers are also looking forward to hosting the second relay race at the Moses Mabhida Stadium soon, building on this first exceptional event.  

For more information and to stay up to date with news relating to the Achilles Hope and Possibility Handcycle Relay Race, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/gethandsonevents

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