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Reflecting on Traderoot Active’s Year: A Journey of Achievements, Community Spirit, and Growth

As the sun sets on 2023, Traderoot Active reflects on a year brimming with accomplishments, purpose-driven endeavors, and a vibrant sense of community. Our journey has been marked by remarkable feats, unwavering commitment, and the heartening support of our active family.

Monthly Runs at Hops Ballito:

Monthly Runs at Hops Ballito

Our first Sunday monthly runs at Hops Ballito have evolved into a thriving community event. The spirit among our runners and the support from Hops Ballito have been instrumental in the success and growth of these runs. Every participant not only contributes to their fitness journey but also pledges R5 to Salt 40, emphasizing our commitment to giving back.

North Coast Challenger and MTB Challenge:

We kicked off the year with a triumphant start at the North Coast Challenger, a trail race and MTB Challenge at the stunning Holla Trails, Sugar Rush Park in April. Our team, along with Salt 40, participated, creating memorable moments against the picturesque backdrop of the North Coast of KZN.

Durban City Marathon and Two Oceans Marathon:

Durban City Marathon and Two Oceans Marathon

In March, Brett and Sam Dungan proudly donned their Traderoot Active colours at the Durban City Marathon. In April, our road running heroes, Juan Clarence and Karen Skopelitis, conquered the Two Oceans Marathon, showcasing their endurance and commitment to excellence.

Slave Route Challenge and Comrades Marathon:

Slave Route Challenge

May saw the Traderoot Technologies team, including Juan Clarence and Karen Skopelitis, as well as Steven Skopelitis, participating in the Slave Route Challenge in the Western Cape. Juan Clarence continued his extraordinary journey by completing his 5th Comrades Marathon, a testament to his enduring dedication to the sport.

Pedal For Good in Cape Town:

In June, we ventured into new territory with our first Cape Town event, Pedal For Good. Against the backdrop of Paradyskloof’s beautiful mountains, the event marked a successful expansion for Traderoot Active.

Go2Berg Mountain Bike Challenge and RUN Ballito Junction:

Go2Berg Mountain Bike Challenge

Ambassador Gerald @dekockg2018 showcased his prowess by completing the 530kms of mountain biking through SA with the Go2Berg Mountain Bike Challenge. Following this, the 2nd annual 5km community fun run at Ballito Junction in collaboration with ‘I Love Boobies’ was a resounding success in August, bringing the community together for a memorable event.

Rhino Peak Challenge and Cape Town Marathon:

In September, @luckygordy_ raised over R34,000 for the Rhino Peak Challenge, contributing to wildlife conservation projects. October saw Juan Clarence and Karen Skopelitis conquering the Cape Town Marathon once again, marking another achievement for Traderoot Active.

Gordon’s Amashova Adventure for a Cause:

Gordon's Amashova Adventure for a Cause

The Amashova race, a KZN cycling staple, witnessed the seasoned participant Gordon taking on the 65km journey in October 2023, not on a traditional road or mountain bike but a BMX bike. This unique challenge, undertaken alongside a fellow rider, was not just about conquering the course but about raising funds for a greater cause—the @salt40_foundation’s upcoming project, the S.A.L.T Kids Campaign. This initiative, launching early next year at Holla Trails in KZN, aims to impact 15 children from Groutville. It involves mentoring in areas like purpose, attitude, discipline, and leadership, along with imparting essential bike skills and emphasizing the importance of physical exercise and positive life choices.

Welcome Gordon Graham:

Welcome Gordon Graham

In a significant October highlight, we welcomed Gordon Graham to the Traderoot Active Ambassador program. Gordon’s passion for triathlons, travel, and inspiring pursuits aligns seamlessly with our ethos, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our dynamic community.

Christmas Run Extravaganza:

Our final Christmas run, held on the 3rd of December ’23, was a fitting conclusion to a year of active endeavours. The record attendance demonstrated the unwavering enthusiasm and camaraderie within the Traderoot Active community. Runners, walkers, and supporters came together, embodying the spirit of togetherness that defines Traderoot Active.

Nedbank Desert Dash with Louis Volschenk:

Closing out the year on an adrenaline-pumping note, Traderoot Africa CEO, @louisvolschenk, took on the challenge of the Nedbank Desert Dash Cycling Race on December 8th ’23. As the final active event of the year, this endeavour exemplifies the resilience, determination, and adventurous spirit that encapsulate the Traderoot Active community.

As we conclude this extraordinary year, we express our gratitude to every participant, supporter, and contributor who has been a part of Traderoot Active’s journey. 

Together, we’ve proven that anything is possible when we move for change, prioritize our health, and support meaningful causes. Here’s to a year filled with achievements and looking forward to an even more exciting 2024!

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