The spectacle that is Comrades Marathon takes place on Sunday, 9 June. It is a gruelling race of perseverance that mirrors the Christian race in many ways. It is filled with ups and downs, joy and pain, doubts, and then a reward at the end. AND it is not for the faint-hearted.
Participants who embark on this journey of running approximately 87 km from Durban to Pietermaritzburg have to have clear objectives as to why they run and that motivation has to carry them through to the finish line.
The Comrades legend, Louis Massyn (67), knows why he pushes his body through to the end. It is for more than just a medal; he runs for Bibles and has done so for the last 14 years. By supporting the Bible Society of South Africa, he and other big-hearted runners help ensure that people who cannot afford a Bible will indeed receive a Bible of their very own.
"I ran my very first Comrades in 1973, and it all began with a sermon. I was in the Anglican Church in Odendaalsrus when the Bishop of Bloemfontein compared the sermon’s passage of Scripture to the Comrades Marathon. As a 22-year-old man, I decided to run the next Comrades race then and there," says Louis who aims to complete his 47th consecutive Comrades on Sunday.
"I have been running for Bibles for the last 14 years and it is wonderful to know that I can contribute towards giving the Bible to people in this way. Helping them so that they, too, can welcome the Word of God into their homes."
The Bible Society will host a stall at the expo taking place from Thursday, 6 June. Meet the team, have a look at the array of Bibles and join the fun. To become a part of the Run4Bibles team, sign up online.
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