Run/Walk For Life
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From a humble fitness club to decades of positive health impact around the world, Run/Walk for Life’s 40th birthday is a proudly South African achievement!


Johannesburg, South Africa (08 October 2023) —  Run/Walk For Life, South Africa’s pioneering health and wellness institution, is proudly celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Established in 1983 by a medical doctor, this proudly South African fitness club has not only stood the test of time but has also flourished around the world; turning into an internationally acclaimed fitness programme.

As the oldest fitness programme of its kind in South Africa, RWFL has played a vital role in promoting health, wellness, and an active lifestyle across the globe with more than 90 clubs spanning South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Spain, and the USA.

One of the many aspects that sets this movement apart, is its unique distinction of being the only fitness programme officially endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa. This recognition highlights the programme’s unwavering commitment to improving the health of everyone, regardless of their level of fitness, in a scientific and medically supported way.

Over the past four decades, many finish lines and milestone achievements have been crossed and celebrated, demonstrating the significant impact that, what started as a humble, local club has achieved.

156,820,000 Kilometres Logged: Members have collectively covered a staggering distance, underscoring their commitment to active living.

36,000 First 10K Races: More than 36,000 people have achieved the remarkable feat of running their first 10-kilometer race through RWFL.

16,201 First Half Marathons: Many have taken their fitness journey to the next level, running their inaugural half marathons.

52,301 Started Running, 131,200 Started Walking: Over the years, 52,301 people have been inspired to embrace running while 131,200 have prioritised walking as part of their active lifestyle.

In addition to the above, RWFL has provided a source of income and employment for thousands of families, through its franchise business.

Sources: Supplied; Run/Walk For Life
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