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Runners celebrate freedom

The inaugural 27 For Freedom Run will be run in the Winelands on Saturday 13 February.

Presented by the Cape Winelands District Municipality and the Drakenstein Correctional Services it will start and finish at Drakenstein Correctional Services (just outside Paarl) and participants can choose between an exciting 27km, 10km or 5km route as well as a 10km wheelchair route.

The brainchild of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, partnered with Drakenstein Correctional Services, the 27 For Freedom Run aims to commemorate the 27 years that Nelson Mandela spent in prison for campaigning against apartheid.

The race will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his release from the then Victor Verster Prison, where he spent the last 18 months of his 27-year sentence.

Popular South African actor, singer and producer Emo Adams will entertain the crowds from 11amÔÇô12.30 on the day.

In addition to this exciting performance, reigning World Hip Hop Champions, Paul and Darim will wow the crowds with their awe-inspiring and energetic dance routines, followed by an awe-inspiring performance by young, local artist Zolani.

This unique event will also see approximately 1500 children from local rural areas joining in the fun and showing their support on the day under the guidance of the Love Life Foundation.  The Foundation also has loads of fun activities planned to keep the young ones entertained on the day.  Children are invited to build up their strength before the race by enjoying a scrumptious breakfast in the Bokomo Breakfast Zone.

Race entries are R80 for the 27km race, R40 for the 10km, R27 for the 5km and R40 for the wheelchair race. Starting times are 6.30am for the 27km, 8am for the two 10km events and 9am for the 5km.

Entrants and spectators stand a chance to win magnificent lucky draw prizes.

Due to popular demand, event entries will stay open and will also be accepted on race day at no additional cost.