This event is part of the Human Rights Month Programme which is commemorated annually during the month of March in Sharpeville. This is to remember the 21 March 1960 where people who were peacefully walking in protest against apartheid system, ended up running away and some ended up being killed as a result of police brutality. It is on this basis; that SDM in collaboration with Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR), Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Clinix Naledi-Nkanyezi Private Hospital and Emfuleni Athletics Club (EAC) joined hands towards honouring the fallen heroes and heroines through an official road running event.
This programme seeks to promote healthy lifestyle and nurture development of people’s potential through sports and recreation, with the ultimate goal of enhancing social wellbeing of the community and eradicating social ills within our society. Running unlike other forms of sporting activities is regarded as most effective fitness activity, hence; this partnership towards the staging of a half marathon event.