Athletes gear up for virtual South Coast 100 Prayer Run

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This year’s South Coast 100 Prayer Run taking place this weekend (4-6 September) will be a virtual event.

Offering runners and walkers a choice of time slots and distances from 100 Miles to 5km, it is about doing what you can to support and pray for countries and front line workers in these challenging times.

It is about testing your limits and conquering new records over three days while adhering to Covid-19 government regulations.

Location: Anywhere in the World – Virtual Run / Walk

Starts: Friday 04 September  2020 from 06h00/  Ends: Sunday 06 September 2020 cut off 18h00 – (60 hours)

Entry Fee: R80 per person any distance / Donations to the Members In Christ Church are welcome to help support the community with food parcels

Race Numbers: Will be issued with a designated country and Frontline worker name of your choice

Race T-shirts Optional: R190 per T-shirt  Men & Ladies sizes: S / M / L / XL

Medals: Wooden medals to the 1st 200 entries (International participants who order a T-shirt will get a wooden medal, if no T-shirt a digital certificate will be issued)

  • As relevant Race T-shirts and Medals will be forwarded to your closest PEP store (per entry form – all mail costs for participants) / International Mail subject to Covid-19 delays/ regulations

Race Organiser: Pastor Daan van Niekerk (pictured) / Email : dbdacvn@gmail.com  / WhatsApp +27 (0)848998184

Distances: 100 Miler, 100 km, 10 km or 5 km  OR by Hours: 30 hr, 24 hr, 12 hr, 6 hr OR Relay: 6 members per team

PHOTOS: Unbelievable fitness feats in South Coast 100 Prayer Run

South Coast 100 Prayer Run

1.    30 Hour

1.1) One Go: Start any time that allows you 30 hours spare before the Sunday 6pm cut. Depending on lockdown regulations, you may be required to go indoors to your treadmill or yard, at night, or  1.2) Break it up: Split in 3 consecutive parts of daytime splits, that includes 2 x 12 hour + 1 x 6 hour runs. So, you will be running all 3 days, but can decide which will be the shorter 6 hour day.

2.    100 Miler

2.1) One Go: Start any time that allows you enough time to finish before the Sunday 6pm cut. Depending on lockdown regulations, you may be required to go indoors to your treadmill or yard, at night, or 2.2) Break it up: Spread it any way you like, keeping lockdown regulations in mind, over the allocated 60 hours.

3.    24 Hour

3.1) One Go: Start any time that allows you 24 hours spare before the Sunday 6pm cut. Depending on lockdown regulations, you may be required to retreat indoors to your treadmill or yard, at night, or  3.2) Break it up: Choose any 2 of the 3 x 12 hour daytime splits available.

4.    100 Km

4.1) One Go: Start any time that allows you enough time to finish before the Sunday 6pm cut. Depending on lockdown regulations, you may be required to retreat indoors to your treadmill or yard, at night, or 4.2) Break it up: Spread it any way you like, keeping lockdown regulations in mind, over the allocated 60 hours.

5.    12 Hour

Any one of the 3 x 12 hour daytime splits can be used, as long as it’s 12 consecutive hours between 6am and 6pm. You will attempt to run/walk as many kilometres in 12 non-stop hours. If you take a break, the clock keeps ticking.

6.    6 Hour

Start anytime during the allocated 60 hours that allows you 6 hours spare, to complete this race. This is a non-stop race where you will attempt to run/walk as many kilometres possible, from the 1st start of your watch, until 6 hours of the actual time of day has passed.

7.    10 km

Start any time during the 60-hour period that will allow you to complete 10 km before cut-off at 6pm on Sunday. This is a non-stop race, that you will attempt to finish as fast as possible.

8.    5 km 

Start any time during the 60-hour period that will allow you to complete 5 km before cut-off at 6pm on Sunday. This is a non-stop race, that you will attempt to finish as fast as possible.

9. 6 Hour Relay Teams   6 x Team members each, run / walk an hour (60 min) any time during the allocated 60-hour event, as fast as they can to see how far the team can collectively go in 6 hours. You don’t have to run consecutively, but each member must do his/her hour in one go, without pausing time. Each team appoints a team captain who will be responsible to do the team entry, collect the entry fees of all 6 members and make one payment towards the team entry. The captain will also gather all results and submit a spreadsheet with all member’s distances and necessary proof, via e-mail to dbdacvn@gmail.com

Individual race entrants will also submit their results and proof via e-mail at dbdacvn@gmail.com

Any of the above shorter races can be entered in conjunction with a longer race as long as the start and end times is within the longer race’s time schedules. Race results for both races required.

RACE HISTORY

The South Coast 100 Prayer Run was founded by Pastor Daan van Niekerk, an avid runner with 10 Comrades Marathons under his belt.

In 2017, Pastor Daan couldn’t help but notice all the tragedies happening worldwide, such as the hurricanes, horrific massacres, California wild fires, flooding in China and land slides in Sierra Leone. 2017 was called a year of disaster by CNCB and other news platforms. Deeply touched by the devastation these disasters caused in people’s lives, the urge to pray for them welled up like never before.

2017 – the beginning of a 100 Country Prayer Dream

There is power in numbers to promote prayer, so Daan entered the multi-day circuit 12 hours race in Pietermaritzburg. His 1st attempt at 100 km, praying for a different country on each loop of 1 km, carrying a little flag of the new country to be prayed for on every loop. Weather conditions were harsh with ice cold rain pouring down sporadically. Battling severe floods of nausea and vomiting Daan conquered the 12 hours , but only 86 km and therefore sadly couldn’t complete the 100 km. Grabbing the remainder of the country flags for the last round, Daan prayed for those countries collectively. Surprisingly, having managed  2nd place  behind the winner who ran 88 km in challenging weather conditions. An observer noted Daan’s disappointment and lifted his spirit by igniting the burning desire, to try again. “Remember, this is not only a run with your own physical limitations against you, but it’s a spiritual warfare as you carried the burdens of 100 countries with you, in prayer.

2018 – the realization of the 100 miler for 100 Prayers ++

2018 training was totally focused on running 100 km at the 100 CC in Pietermaritzburg, in September. This time Daan entered the 24 hour race to make sure he gave himself enough time for 100 km. With great support from his local club, South Coast Striders and the small congregation of the Members in Christ Church, at which Daan is Pastor, he embarked on a few long training runs to raise awareness about his prayer run. Daan even grabbed one of the ladies, Antonette van Rhyn who is in a wheel chair and very much to her joy, took her around the circuit.

A surprising twist …….

Greatly disappointed by the last minute cancellation of the 100 CC, only days before the run, Daan started looking around for another event to continue 100 prayer awareness run and pray for 100 countries, but none were available. Determined as ever to continue with the annual 100 prayers he decided to run the 100 miler solo in 1 km loops. To his total surprise people started phoning,  one thing led to the other and within 5 days an officially timed event was organised. The Washie 100 miler Legend Eric Wright and owner of Wrightracetiming did the race timing. With 2 well known names, Brad Cavanaugh and Cornel Metcalfe, entering the 100 miler as well as others like Yvonne & Hoppie Hopkins in shorter runs, this helped the total entry list to 30.

In 2018, a South African city or town was added to each flag. On reaching 100 km, we had jointly prayed for 100 countries and 100 SA towns and the official South Coast 100 Prayer Run was born, on popular demand.

2019 – growing the SC 100 Prayer Run

2019 was a special landmark for all runners, walkers and supporters. Daan achieved a 100 miles (161 km) in a fairly decent time of just under 26 hours and with fellow participants helped raise international prayer awareness, running around the 1 km circuit, with the names of every country announced over the microphone.

 

South Coast 100 Prayer Run

The 2020 South Coast 100 Prayer Run goes virtual, with lockdown regulations and gathering limitations:

The 2020 Virtual South Coast 100 Prayer Run involving the larger community will be vital to help with food parcels to families in need, and also to pray for countries, communities and our frontliner heroesThe church, Members In Christ Church is the beneficiary of the fundraising part of the event doing wonderful work in the community. Especially during Covid-19 lockdown where many households have lost their income.

  • Instead of carrying the flags, randomly picked names of the countries will be printed on your race numbers (entrants that agree to it). Each participant will then represent the designated country and pray for its people while doing their run/walk, whatever distance or time they entered for.
  • With the country printed on the race number, all runners/walkers also have the opportunity to provide a name of a frontline worker they know and wish to pray for, to be added to the race number. Honoring those who constantly put their lives and the lives of their families at risk, showing them we care and we appreciate what they do.

Pastor Daan Van Niekerk:

Has been pastoring the Members in Christ Church congregation for the past 10 years, also serving for 6 years on the governing body of a High School as Vice Chairman, and Vice Chair of South Coast Striders running club for 1 year. His running accolades include over 230 road races (7000 km), 10 official Comrades Marathons, the 2020 Virtual Comrades – Race the Legends & Virtual Washie, 2 hundred milers South Coast 100 Prayer Runs and numerous other marathons and ultra marathons.

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