The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, together with Sanlam and ASICS, are delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 all-expenses-paid trip for two to next year’s Barcelona Marathon.
The winner is 27-year-old Capetonian Willem le Roux.
In 2010, Willem took up running and ran his first Comrades in memory of his father. Since then he has completed six standard marathons, three Two Oceans Ultras and five Comrades Marathons. Furthermore, Willem uses running as a vehicle for positive change.
Running for a cause all began, says Willem, when “In 2014, my wife dared my running partner and I to run a marathon in SA Flag swimming trunks. She was joking, but soon realized that we were not. We drew a lot of attention and had such a laugh that we decided to keep running in swimming trunks for a good cause – the Love your Nuts Foundation. The foundation raises awareness of testicular cancer in young men by educating them about early detection. A few days after this year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon a young man saw photos of us on social media. He went to the website, watched the videos, felt a lump, saw his doctor, and got early detection and treatment. Running and making a difference is extremely rewarding, this is why the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon resonates with me at such a deep level.
I’ll definitely be back,” says Willem. “Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is one of my favorite races which I highly recommend to any runner. As always, this years’ race did not disappoint. We had great weather and awesome crowds. It really is an excellent race and overall great experience.
My wife Lindy will be joining me in Barcelona” says Willem. “It will be her first full marathon. (She will also be blogging and updating Instagram documenting our Barcelona Marathon experience. We have always talked about travelling the world and running the different races. When we heard we had won this prize, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to start living that dream.
My sincerest thanks to both Sanlam and ASICS for this incredible opportunity. I can honestly say, ‘dare to dream because dreams do come true’. Thank you. For the record Lindy will not be running in just a pair of South African swimming trunks!”
On hearing the news, Chief Executive of Sanlam Brand Yegs Ramiah commented, “We believe the sport of running is easily accessible and by its very nature requires determination, dedication and the belief that a lot can come from very little. Just like wealth creation, a craft that we as a company are more familiar with, the sport of running is a journey without an end, the joy and value of which are unqualified. Willems’ experience proves just that and we wish him and Lindy everything of the best for the Barcelona Marathon”.
Brian Kerby GM of ASICS South Africa commented, “ASICS South Africa would like to congratulate Willem on winning the prized entry to the Barcelona Marathon. As the leading brand in running, we are excited to be able to provide a local South African runner with the opportunity to experience a top international road race which is also sponsored by ASICS. This opportunity will give Willem the possibility of experiencing a unique road running experience and we look forward to supporting him with leading technology performance products and our running services to ensure he ultimately achieves his own personal goals.”
We wish you both a safe trip, an injury free run, and we look forward to hearing about how you think the Barcelona Marathon compares to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon!
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon team is proud to be associated with Sanlam and ASICS in this exciting initiative of making runners dreams a reality. We look forward to following Lindy and Willem’s journey as they tackle Barcelona and make their dreams a reality.