On Sunday, October 6th, the KZN Department of Sport and recreation invites all KZN citizens (and visitors and friends) to the Pietermaritzburg Athletics Track at 8am to take part in the KZN leg of The Big Walk, part of a nationwide “Walk for Health”.

What is The Big Walk?

In 1991 the Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) – a non-governmental and non-profit organisation under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee launched the World Walking Day to promote health through walking.

The World Walking Day is held during the first week of October and has attracted more than 15 million people to participate every year across the world.

In 2012 Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) decided to align with the TAFISA World Walking Day initiative and now hosts The Big Walk on the first Sunday of October each year. Initially the initiative was limited to Tshwane only, but in 2015 SRSA and all Provincial Departments of Sport and Recreation decided on having the Big Walk in all provincial capital cities.

The Big Walk has grown exponentially since then and there were more than 30 000 participants in 2017, and the target is to get more than hundred thousand people walking nationwide each year.

So, who is invited to walk on Sunday, October 6 in Pietermaritzburg and in other capital cities across the country? The answer is simple: All citizens, irrespective of age, gender, religion and origin. The event also encourages participation by families and the corporate community.

The Big Walk is held in conjunction with the annual National Recreation Day (NRD) which takes place on the first Friday of October each year. This provides an opportunity to all South Africans to actively be involved by participating in recreation activities that will improve their health and well-being. The day is not a public holiday but a day for all South Africans to embrace a lifestyle of lifelong wellness.