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Triumph of the Spirit | Marathon 2012
Zimbabwan Brighton Chipere has gone into history as the inaugural winner of the Mandela Day Marathon. The first ever Nelson Mandela Day Marathon took place over the gruelling course from Imbali outside Pietermaritzburg, through Hilton to the Mandela Capture site outside Howick, KZN on Sunday 26 August 2012.

"At first I thought it was going to be an easy race as there was lots of downhill early on, but after 8km it was very tough its one of the toughest I have ever seen", said Chipere, winner of last year´s Township to Township race between Umlazi and KwaMashu. "I had the

spirit of Madiba burning in me when I was running here", he added. Mandelas grandson, Mandla, an ANC MP, ran the 10km race. He said Mandela took fitness seriously and used to work out daily between 4am and 6am. "It is a message to South Africans and the global community that we should continue to stay healthy and fight obesity", he said.


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