March 23, 2018 - March 30, 2018
What is MAD2Run?
MAD2Run is a group of ordinary South Africans using our feet for a great feat! This is a unique annual fundraising event, in which a group of selfless individuals epically run from Johannesburg to Cape Town (1520km in total) in just 7 days! It’s a 24-hour relay-style running adventure, all in support of MAD Leadership Foundation.
The forthcoming event will take place from the 23rd March – 30th March 2018 and finish with the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon on the 31st March 2018. Applications for the MAD2Run Team ’18 are NOW CLOSED, as we have reached capacity! Thank you for your support!
This event was initiated in 2012, when Shaun Raaff decided that it was time to be proactive and make a positive contribution to his much-loved country, South Africa. After watching an inspirational talk given by Braam Malherbe (who ran across the great wall of China in aid of the charity Miles for Smiles). He got home, rather emotional, and immediately sent out an email to all of his friends and invited them around for an “emergency braai”. He was able to convince his close friends that they needed to do something meaningful in their lives. The maddest suggestion – let’s run to Cape Town!
The road less traveled – how we journey
The entire MAD2Run team is sectioned into three groups of four runners, per running shift. These groups alternate throughout the week so almost everyone in the team gets to run together at some point. Each shift covers 80km over which each runner is responsible for running 20km. There are a lot of intricate logistics involved, but as a fundamental running requirement, each runner is expected to run a minimum of 20km per day/140km in the week. The record however, held by Tim Page (2014) is 260km for the week – you can’t get more dedicated than that!
In the MAD Leadership Foundation, a great cause was found to put all of our efforts behind. The team was immediately moved by the inspiring work of this great education-based organisation. There exists a shared vision and passion between MAD Leadership Foundation and ourselves, in that we believe education to be the best way of improving one’s standing in life, which has a substantial and sustainable impact on the holistic betterment of society.
Along the way
We are an ever-expanding group of ordinary South Africans with the drive to make a difference by using our feet for a great feat! Each year new groups of runners will take on this cross-country challenge, with 60 runners having taken part since the inaugural run in 2014. Along with the momentous support from our fellow countrymen and sponsors we have raised a total of R2 025 000 for MAD Leadership Foundation to date.
Applications for the MAD2Run Team ’18 are NOW CLOSED, as we have reached capacity! Thank you for your support!