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Date(s) - 07/10/2018
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The Big Walk is a global ceremony that takes place annually on the 1st week of October. It has attracted more than fifteen million people around the world. [1] This campaign was launched in 1991 by The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) to promote health through walking. This article highlights those health benefits.

TAFISA is an international NGO that aims to achieve a sustainable active world by empowering people, communities, nations, and organizations to increase participation in sport for all and physical activity worldwide. [2] You can learn more about TAFISA from their website

Initially, The Big Walk was exclusively hosted in the city of Tshwane.[1] Three years later (in 2015) SRSA decided to expand the campaign to all provincial capital cities. SRSA aims to use The Big Walk to promote participation in Sport and Recreation and utilize it (participation in sport) as a medium for building a healthy nation.

Since this walk is a Mass SportsParticipation event, it has the added benefit of Social integration,bringing together different people from diverse ethnicities and communities.

The walk has 3 categories; 15 km, 10 km and 5 km, which is accommodating to young children and senior citizens. In addition to that, some of the venues listed below will have Aerobics and Recreational workouts. These venues are:

  • Port Elizabeth, Motherwell NU2 Stadium
  • Bloemfontein, Mangaung Sport Complex
  • Pietermaritzburg CBD
  • Polokwane, Old Peter Mokaba Rugby Fields
  • Kimberly, AR Abaas
  • Mmabatho, Mmabatho Stadium
  • Cape Town, Khayelitsha: Mandela Park Stadium

The Tshwane Fountains Valley Resort will exclusively have an additional Kiddies Corner, Medal giveaways and an exhibition in addition to what the other venues have. I suppose this is because this venue is presumed to be the national venue.

According to SRSA, All citizens irrespective of their age, gender, religion, and origin are welcomed. Including families and corporates.

Participants need to be aware that that one day of walking, though beneficial to an extent, is not as beneficial as walking regularly. We advise the public to partake in the Big Walk and draw courage to start walking for at least 30 minutes a day.

When you walk you carry your own body weight. [3] This is a form of weight-bearing exercise.