The 2014 Discovery Walk the Talk with 702 this year had the biggest participation in all its years. Ahmed Kathrada, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and many other familiar faces showed up to do the walk in promotion of healthy living. The Morning race walk started at the crack of dawn and it was a grueling 20km walk. This was for the fitter people of the world. Followed by the 8km walk which started at 9am and lastly the fun walk which started in the afternoon. It was a sunny Sunday with a cool breeze in the air – and the perfect setting for a good family day with your pets. Photo: Prelene Singh.
The amount people who crossed the line promptly after 9am for the 8km was the largest compared to the other walks. People cheered and laughed as they started the walk – with smiles which would soon turn upside down 7km’s down the line. The sun shone bright but with winter still looming jackets, scarfs and gloves were still a must in the cool breeze. Photo: Prelene Singh.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes participated in the walk. It is estimated about 2000 pets were entered for the walk this year. They all received bandanna’s for their necks and there was many water stops for the dogs every kilometre, with balls for some water fun. Photo: Prelene Singh
Another willing participant of the 8km walk – however here he looks like his paws need a two second break. It was day of healthy living for all people and animals of the walk. Our dogs need just as much exercise as we do to stay healthy and fit. Photo: Prelene Singh.
If you are a person who is passionate about something in your society, you could make posters and dress up to show your support for this charity or vision. HariKrishna devotees wore there traditional outfits and played their tablas’s while walking – others held signs up saying “We support car seats for children” and others just wore tootoo’s and wigs for fun to add some life and colour to the walk. Photo: Prelene Singh/
Companies and sponsors of the walk set up their tents along the route – some played music to up the spirit of the walkers as they tried to finish the walk. Europcar lined up on the sidewalk and cheered, sang, and danced for people as they passed the,. Photo: Prelene Singh.
As usual protocol – ambulances were on site and ready to help if the walk became too much for people. Although I believe Gauteng is a pretty fit province therefore the paramedics could sit under the trees and chill out eating lunch. Photo: Prelene Singh.
The tragedy in the Gaza strip is horrifying and extremely uncomprehending to the average South African who is shielded from these kind of attacks which happen in other parts of the globe. Its a reminder to just how far South Africa has come and how fortunate we were to have Nelson Mandela fight for the freedoms and safety we enjoy today. It was sad but yet great to see people of our country taking time to stand and make people aware of the war zone that is Gaza at the moment and caring about whats happening to the innocent outside of our country. Photo: Prelene Singh.
THE TIME CAME: Just after 12pm on Sunday the finish line approached us (let’s rather say that) and was everyone so happy to see the end point. After which people just wanted liquids, food and a seat to rest. The walk was successful and a must do every year. Photo: Prelene Singh.