'1000 Beyond Running'
Photo Credit: Dayne Smith

Last year, Chad Markgraaf signed up to run 100 marathons in 100 days for his friend fighting cancer. Now, he’s teamed up with Dayne Smith for ‘1000 Beyond Running’—10 km for 100 consecutive days to help underprivileged children’s education essentials!


Johannesburg (27 February 2024) — Another dynamic duo is on a mission to create positive change by making many kilometres count! While Ruth Boshoff and Debbi De Waal are preparing to put their legs to work to help fund a community food garden in the Western Cape (‘Greyton to Gardens’), in other parts of South Africa, Dayne Smith and Chad Markraaf have already set to the task of tekkies with their initiative ‘1000 Beyond Running’.

If the name rings a bell, Chad Markgraaf made headlines last year for running ‘100 marathons in 100 days’ to help a friend fight skin cancer’s financial challenges. It was a brilliant effort and one that has paved the way for Chad to get involved in more positive impact efforts in South Africa.

This year, Chad and Dayne have teamed up to tackle 10 kilometres for 100 days to raise funds to help underprivileged children along their educational journeys. At the end of the commitment, the two hope to have completed 1000 kilometres of effort for TeachBeyond—an education non-profit organisation!

Dayne, the National Director of TeachBeyond tells Good Things Guy that as of yesterday, 57 consecutive days have already been completed. That’s a whopping distance of 570 kilometres done and dusted! If we consider that some of South Africa’s most revered marathons like the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (56 kilometres) and the Comrades (just over 87 kilometres) are some of the most intense exercises of endurance for legs to handle; the excitement around their chopped up runs of resilience becomes even more exciting.

Says Dayne of ‘1000 Beyond Running’:

“The primary objective of the campaign is to raise R100,000 to support the education of underprivileged children and provide essential educational services. We are thrilled to report that, thanks to the incredible support from individuals and organisations…[we] have already raised approximately R33,000, bringing us one step closer to achieving our goal.

“Our dedication is not only reflected in the distance we have covered but also in the positive impact they have already made in the lives of those we aim to support. The funds raised so far are contributing directly to providing educational opportunities and services for underprivileged children.”

Anyone who is keen to get the pair closer to their closing goal can learn more via info@teachbeyond.co.za!

“Together, we can make education accessible to all and create a lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged children.”—Dayne Smith.

Sources: Website Submission; Dayne Smith 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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