Corporate Initiatives | Two Oceans Marathon

Preparing for the Two Oceans Marathon
March 26, 2023

Changing Lives: Follow Our Staff Initiative Journey As We Prepare For The Two Oceans Marathon

GIC is committed to creating positive change in South Africa, and this year, we’re doing it again by participating in the Two Oceans Marathon. The Two Oceans Marathon is an annual race known far and wide for being one of the most scenic and challenging ultra-marathons in the world, attracting thousands of runners from across the globe every year. It takes place in the breathtaking Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, and is designed to test the limits of physical fitness and mental resolve. Along with several sponsors, like Total Sports, the marathon also raises funds and awareness for its charity partners. This year, Gap Infrastructure Corporation is participating in the Two Oceans Half Marathon as a staff initiative to give back and show the communities in which we operate that we care.

A History Of Effecting Change And Giving Back To Communities

As a trailblazing industry leader in the realm of infrastructure development in South Africa, we have made it our mission to tackle some of the most daunting issues that confront the nation’s infrastructure and service delivery systems. Our unwavering commitment to the welfare of South Africans lies at the heart of everything we do, and we have taken bold steps to implement community outreaches and staff initiatives that engender meaningful and lasting transformation. We at GIC wish to leave behind a legacy that is about so much more than financial success. We believe our ultimate responsibility entails using our time, resources, and expertise to uplift society and improve the quality of life of those in need. By confronting the toughest challenges facing our country today, we are better positioned to create a sustainable future for both our company and the communities that make our growth and success possible.

About The Two Oceans Marathon And Half Marathon

Named after the two oceans that meet at Cape Point, the Two Oceans Marathon is Africa’s biggest running event and has a long history since it was first held in 1970. In recent times it has earned a global reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon in terms of the natural beauty that surrounds the route. There are two races, namely the Ultra Marathon – a gruelling 56-kilometre race – and the Half Marathon, which is 21,1 kilometres long and was added as an event in 1998. Those not quite ready to take on the Ultra Marathon can enjoy the Half Marathon which starts in Newlands and ends at the University of Cape Town’s Rugby Fields.

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The Ultra Marathon, in particular, is well-known for its challenging route. The race leads runners through some of Cape Town’s most beautiful neighbourhoods like Constantia and Hout Bay but becomes quite demanding as runners tackle the infamous Chapman’s Peak Drive. As the route loops around the Cape Peninsula, however, runners get to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world. The Half Marathon is significantly shorter but remains a tough race that attracts a sold-out field year after year.

GIC’s Support Of The Two Oceans Marathon And Its Shared Values

One major draw of the Two Oceans Marathon is the camaraderie and unity that runners and community members enjoy as they rally together in support of the event. With thrilled spectators lining the streets to cheer on the runners, and live music and entertainment provided along the route, this is a family-friendly event for people from all walks of life. The race also raises funds for various charities and community development projects within the Western Cape. This strong sense of community is in line with GIC’s philosophy of changing lives. That’s why we’re helping our staff qualify for, and compete in, this year’s race with a sponsored trip to Cape Town. For each staff member that completes the race, GIC will donate R10 000 to a charity of their choice.

As a highlight of 2023’s calendar, we at Gap Infrastructure Corporation are excited to get involved and join in on an outstanding event that offers a challenging route, a fun and festive atmosphere, and plays a role in boosting the local economy while supporting South African charities. If you would like to learn more about GIC’s pledge of changing lives and building brighter futures, contact us today or follow along with #WeAreGIC on social media.

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