WHEN Charlo runner Reon van Rensburg lines up for his eighth Comrades Marathon on June 3 charity will be the winner.
Van Rensburg, 40, will take on the 89km race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg for Pink Drive, an initiative of Cause Marketing Fundraisers – a non-profit organisation specialising in the early detection and awareness of breast cancer.
The Greenacres Hospital HR manager raised R5360 which will entitle him to start the race in a special “CC” category which has been set aside for runners who have raised funds for the various Comrades charities.
The public were able to donate R30 by SMS until donations closed on May 6.
After a melanoma scare on his arm last year the father of two started thinking about creating awareness for cancer.
“I have seen the effects it has had on people. People need to take their health seriously because things can change quickly.
“It turned out well for me, but it might not be the same for someone else,” he added.
The runner first heard of the Pink Drive campaign at a Comrades road show. After discussing it with his wife Colette he decided to support the initiative.
“When you realise how important your health is, you must make a difference, even in a small way,” he said.
Van Rensburg, who competed in his first Comrades in 2004, said his finishing time was not important but sees the race as a challenge. He is competing to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A “runner by nature”, Van Rensburg completed his eighth Ironman South Africa event as well as his ninth Two Oceans Marathon this year. He runs after work every day and goes for a swim or a cycle whenever he can.
He said it is important to support causes such as the Pink Drive campaign.
“People only take notice once it affects them,” said Van Rensburg.