Sizzle in your Speedo: Just three days left to enter SA’s Daredevil Run
On Friday 15 October, thousands of brave men in purple Speedos will take to the streets in locations across South Africa for the annual Daredevil Run.
The event which is usually held once a year in major centres around the country takes on a different format this year – due to the lockdown restrictions which have been brought about by the pandemic.
NATIONWIDE DAREDEVIL RUN
This year’s edition of the Hollard Daredevil Run takes place countrywide. So, whether you are from Bloemfontein or Bellville, Scottburgh or Soweto, Pofadder or Polokwane, you can man up and run cancer out of town.
This once-off COVID-edition, of the annual event enables runners from anywhere in the country to participate in their own neighbourhoods by running alone, with a friend, or in a small group of up to five runners.
ORIGINS OF THE DAREDEVIL RUN
The Daredevil Run which started back in 2009 under the auspices of Etana Insurance – with participants running from Etana House in Parktown to the Johannesburg Zoo and back, in daring red speedos – continues to be held annually in an effort to raise awareness for testicular and prostate cancer.
Race organiser Heidi Brauer at Hollard — which now hosts the annual event, believes the Daredevil Run helps to challenge stereotypes about male cancer and helps get men to understand the importance of prostate and testicular health.
“The Hollard Daredevil Run is an opportunity to dare the men in our lives to be brave, to participate in a run with a difference to make a difference, to challenge stereotypes about male cancers, to start conversations about understanding prostate and testicular cancer and to learn how to lower cancer risk and how to catch it early,” says Hollard chief marketing officer Heidi Brauer.
RAISING AWARENESS FOR MALE CANCERS
According to The Good Things Guy, prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and is on the increase. According to global research, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Early diagnosis of prostate cancer can mean a 95% chance of being cured.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged between 15 to 39 and can affect men of all races. The survival rate of stage 1 testicular cancer can be as high as 100%, making early detection and prompt action vital.
“We’re challenging South African men to confront male cancers head-on by showing that they’re not afraid to run in a speedo, not afraid to talk about cancer and not afraid to get checked,” Brauer says.
HOW TO ENTER THE DAREDEVIL RUN
Interested runners can register online. Participants will receive a couriered Daredevil pack which includes a branded purple speedo, water bottle, purple mask, fundraising band, run details and important cancer awareness information. Register here.
Entries cost R160, with all proceeds going to CANSA and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Follow Daredevil Run on Facebook for event updates and details. Entries close on 8 October 2021.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.