POSTED: July 18th 2014

Peace and Sport partners with Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, South African Elana Meyer

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) South African long-distance runner Elana Meyer will join more than 78 athletes in Peace and Sport’s Champions for Peace group to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day Friday, 18 July – the late revolutionist’s birthday.

Meyer will also run in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 21 Sept., the International Day of Peace. As Sanlam Cape Town Marathon director, Meyer signed a partnership agreement with Peace and Sport, which will become one of the event’s three official charities this year. The organisation’s programmes in Africa and South African-based Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development will split funds raised by participants in the race.

Meyer was the first South African athlete to compete in an Olympic Games since 1960 when she won the silver medal at Barcelona 1992. Over the course of her career, Meyer went on to set five world records and won one world cup and one world championship in the half marathon.

She founded ENDUROCAD in 2013 to support South African endurance runners before, during, and after their running career.

“It’s a huge honour to join this group of talented and committed athletes,” Meyer said. “Sport is a universal language understood by all. It brings people together, not just in the field but also in everyday life. It serves as sa vehicle for conveying messages and fostering long-lasting relations.”

Olympic silver medalist and three-time 880-meter champion Peace and Sport Champion for Peace Wilson Kipketer will run in a Peace Run alongside the main event in Cape Town and give a speech at a conference regarding the peace through sport movement.

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