She has been hard at training and the time is now when Hazel Möller, a resident of Primrose Hill, takes to the road in the Ten 10.
This year Möller, a member of the Bedfordview Athletics Club, will be running in aid of and raising funds for the Germiston SPCA and Pet Empowerment in Townships (Pets).
This year, along with a group of friends and supporters, Hazel is planning the ultimate running challenge: to run the equivalent of 10 comrades marathons in 10 days from the 20-29 May 2016 before she runs the actual comrades marathon.
To put this distance (900 km) into perspective, that would be like running from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Uppington in the Northern Cape.
Each marathon must be completed in less than 12 hours.
Now in its 91st year, the Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and most prestigious ultra-marathon, with this year’s “down run” taking runners along an epic 89-km route across KwaZulu-Natal’s unrelenting mountainous terrain, from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
“I run because I love it. It makes me feel alive. And it reminds me of just how blessed I am to have a wonderful husband and family, a healthy body, a roof over my head and food in my belly. When I run I often contemplate why I have been so blessed, and last year when I did the Double Washie for charity, I realized I am only blessed so that I can pass my blessing on! So why choose to help PETS, well I am always finding lost/ injured animals when I run.”
As Möller runs through the country she will be dropping off pet food at all the animal shelters in the towns she travels through.
Möller started her epic marathon last Friday where she will be setting out from Underdogs (a pitbull rehabilitation centre) in Pretoria.
This first run will end in Boksburg and then, on Saturday, she will be starting off in Bedfordview and running to Vanderbijlpark, and then from there it’s into the rest of the country.
Food will be donated to the Germiston SPCA during this run.
Möller is looking forward to the marathons and hopes to make a difference in the lives of many animals during the course of the Ten 10.
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The route is quite tough and Möller really needs all the support that she can get, as this is for an amazing cause which she is so passionate about. Tomorrow she will be running from Reitz to Clarens – and we all know how hilly that can be! To wish her tweet to her personal account.