Memorial marathon to honour Moeketsi Selemela

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Centre City Titaniums Athletics Club members after winning 34 medals at the Comrades Marathon on August 28, 2022. PHOTO: Supplied

“He was not an ordinary club member. His humility went a long way. He cared about every person in the club and he was dearly loved by everyone. He went out of his way to make sure that all members are welcomed and that their interests were taken care of.” This was the nature of Moeketsi Selemela, according to Teboho Lemao, the chairperson of the Centre City Titaniums Athletics Club.

This Bloemfontein athletics club will host a half marathon this weekend in honour of their member, Selemela, who died tragically earlier this year.

According to Lemao, the half marathon was already on the calendar for the year but was cancelled before Selemela’s death. The club then decided to continue with plans to host the half marathon in celebration of the well-known Bloemfontein athlete, Moeketsi “Kakapa” Selemela.

“It was a huge loss and we are still reeling from it. It will take us forever to forget him, ” adds Lemao.

For the club, hosting a marathon would be a way of giving back to Selemela’s family on behalf of the community.

The team after finishing the Two Oceans Marathon in April 2022. PHOTO: Supplied

Lemao reflects on the important role sport played historically in South Africa. He mentions the 1995 Rugby World Cup, saying that big sports events “just show that sports can bring people from different backgrounds, different races and different religions together.”
Therefore growing a diverse athletics club with a strong sense of community has become one of the main objectives of the club.

“Sport can definitely bring people together and we are hoping this marathon can bring the community of Mangaung together. It will take two or three hours out of our day to celebrate one of our citizens’ lives,” he says.

The club members at the Kloppers Marathon earlier this year . PHOTO: Supplied

The club has gathered close to 120 members in the 18 months since its inception and they hope that the Bloemfontein community would be open to join the club.

“There are a lot of social ills out there – whether it is gender-based violence or our youth that’s into drugs… And road-running can in some way assist our community and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. You can just wear your tekkies and do something active that will assist you to live a healthy lifestyle,” says Lemao.

The memorial marathon will take place on 17 September, and the race starts at 06:00 from the Windmill Casino. Contact Teboho Lemao for more information.

Gypseenia Lion 

gypseenia@mahareng.co.za