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Mojo Series by Phumzile Radebe and photography by Travis Owen.

The Metropolitan MoJo Series consists of races that resonate with the communities in which the organization operates including the Township to Township (T2T) marathon from Umlazi to KwaMashu in KZN, the Diepkloof Half Marathon in Soweto and The Slave Route Challenge in Cape Town.

Each race created with a common goal which is to share and amplify the history and culture of the communities. uMlazi and KwaMashu are known for their warrior attitude of residence and their strong political history. The Slave Route Challenge takes runners through the slave route, running through historical sites in central Cape Town.

The ‘I am running for’ campaign encourages every entrant to run in the name of one of the original slaves. There are 8000 different names on the Column of Memory at the Iziko Slave Lodge. By running for a specific person, the race honours individuals as opposed to statistics and celebrates the diversity of every entrant.

This takes the race to a whole new level and instils a sense of unity and meaning which is so critical at this point in our history. The Diepkloof half marathon celebrates individuals within the Diepkloof community who run their lives in a truly empowering way.

Nix Dlova, a street hair culture blogger. Teacher and artist, Nkosinathi Tshabalala and the popular athletics duo, Diana-Lebo and Lebogang Phalula’s incredible stories from our Mojo Series.