After two years, running enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels were rewarded for their patience. The meticulously planned 11th Bestmed TuksRace at the University of Pretoria Hillcrest Sports Campus took place on Saturday, 18 February 2023.
Among prominent marathon runners were Stephen Mokoka (winner of the 42.2km race in 2019) and Charné Bosman (women’s champion of the 2016 Comrades Marathon). Mokoka won the 10km men’s open category on Saturday with a time of 00:30:03, while Bosman took third place in 10km women’s open category with a time of 00:39:31. The winner of the 10km women’s open category was Karabo Mailula with a time of 00:36:22.
Other familiar faces from Bestmed Medical Scheme and the University of Pretoria (UP) also participated in the race. Among these runners were Leo Dlamini (Bestmed CEO and PO) who completed the 10km race and Prof. Tawana Kupe (Vice Chancellor and Principal of UP), who completed the 5km race.
“We believe that being active makes you a healthier person, both physically and mentally. Thank you Bestmed, our best partner in health for making this possible,” stated Prof. Kupe at the race number handover on Friday, 10 February 2023 at UP.
The day ended on a high note at the prizegiving. Milton Kekana won the men’s open 21.1km race with a time of 01:07:14, while Kataza Shipalatha came first in the women’s open 21.1km race with a time of 01:23:14.
“Bestmed is an award-winning medical scheme that partners with other organisations that share a high-performance culture. We also believe that physical exercise is very important for mental and physical wellness and, therefore, we partner UP to host this great race that attracts individuals from all walks of life. Our relationship with UP extends beyond race day. We continuously build on our meaningful partnership in promoting and supporting a healthy and balanced lifestyle in our shared communities,” states Leo Dlamini.