Empowering Fedhealth members to realise their fitness aspirations
Fedhealth introduced the Fedhealth Dream Chasers Challenge to help some of its members realise their fitness dreams, by competing in one of the 2019 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon events.
Potential participants were invited to throw their “sports cap” into the ring for a chance to do the 42.2km Marathon, 10km Peace Run/Walk or the 12km Peace Trail Run taking place on the weekend of 14 and 15 September. One of the event sponsors, Fedhealth is providing support in the form of coaching, nutritional advice, running kit, entries, and travel and accommodation costs.
The interest from the Fedhealth member base was overwhelming, so much so, that three additional participants were selected. It’s clear that Fedhealth members are keen to get out there and improve their fitness, and some truly heart-warming entries were received.
The six Fedhealth Dream Chasers will now get the support needed to line up at their chosen Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race in September. They’ve already been introduced to their running coaches and dietician, and their training programmes have kicked off in all earnest.
Keep an eye out on Fedhealth’s social media platforms in the coming months to see how the budding athletes are progressing. A special video series will also be created to chart the Johannesburg-based Dream Chasers’ fitness journeys and will be share on Fedhealth’s social media platforms.
Meet the six Fedhealth Dream Chasers:
Bonani Zuke, Johannesburg
I started running four years ago after giving birth to my daughter, as I wanted to lose the baby weight. I started with 4 to 5km three times a week, and eventually increased this to 10km and 21km distances. Last year I ran the Soweto marathon, my first 42.2km. It wasn’t easy, but I wanted to test my mental strength. I was so happy with my achievement! Now, I’m looking to improve my time and it will be my birthday gift to myself as I’ll be turning 40 on race day!
WANNA-BE TRAIL RUNNERS
Nkine Letsela, Johannesburg
I am 29 and on a quest for ultimate fitness. For me it’s beyond just getting into shape. As part of my fitness goals, I’ve taken up the Fedhealth Dream Chasers Challenge to take my fitness journey to the next level.
Kamohelo Matsabisa, Port Elizabeth
I’m a 40-year-old married father of two. I decided to take on this challenge as I believe it’s critical at my age to live a healthy lifestyle. I’m hoping to reignite a passion for running that I lost in my early twenties.
Hengie McInnes, Johannesburg
I am 52, but will forever be 38. Apart from an HR Officer, I’m also a professional couchie and a wanna-be healthier and fitter person. So, this opportunity comes at exactly the right time in my life. I’m scared, but very excited for the personal challenge.
Marcia Knoetze, East London
I am turning 51 this year, and entered the challenge because it’s NOW or NEVER. Three years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, and had to make an immediate lifestyle change. Due to extensive surgery, I became self-conscious and withdrew from all activities, and became a carb-loving couch potato instead. I want to show myself that I’m a survivor and that I can do this. My goal is to complete this challenge and get rid of my couch!
Loyiso Jamani, Cape Town
I’m a self-confessed couch potato and a wannabe Dream Chaser. I am 41 years old, and married with three kids. I am currently working for Sanlam, New Business division as an Administrative Assistant at Living Benefit Claims. With regards to sports and being active, I only enjoy watching other people do it on TV, however I am prepared to take on this challenge come what may.
Marcel is the founder and owner of Fitness From Africa (fitnessfromafrica.co.za), which has been helping athletes of all levels reach their goals for over 20 years. He is coaching all our Dream Chasers roadrunners.
Brendan is an avid trail runner, with a 36 min 16 sec 10km PB (personal best). He is training all the trail runners, and is also a Fitness From Africa coach.
Andrea du Plessis
Andrea is a registered dietician with a passion for healthcare through nutrition, natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle. She is giving all the Dream Chasers nutrition advice to help optimise their training. Plus, Andrea is running the 2019 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon herself, so she really gets what this challenge is all about!