12:49 AM, 20 October 2018

The Gratitude Run 2018

20 October, Saturday

On 20 October 2018, running and walking enthusiasts are invited to join Distance for Difference (D4D) at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West for the bi-annual Gratitude Run.  Come and show your GRATITUDE for your health and your ability to run/walk.  All proceeds, after direct expenses, will go towards Distance for Difference (a registered section 21 company and non-profit organisation, raising funds for various children charities


General Information

You can choose one of three ways to participate:
5 Km Fun Run/Walk

 Young and old are invited to join in the fun!  You can either choose to run or walk the distance and set your own pace!  The route is not pram friendly.  Dogs are allowed, but not without a leash.

Starting Time:  08h00

 10 Km Trail Run

 This one is for all the trail running enthusiasts.  Come and experience the beautiful routes and trails on Lourensford Wine Estate.  It promises to be an interesting mix!

Runners will be timed by the organisers of the event.

Starting Time:  07h00

 6 Hour, 5 Km Team Relay Run

 Runners enter as a team (1, to a maximum of 6 members per team).  Team members will run laps of 5 km each.  The challenge for teams will be to complete as many 5 km laps as possible in the allotted time period, i.e., 6 hours (07h30 – 13h30).  Nominate a team captain and create a cool name for your team.  Decide your team theme, i.e.: flower power, minions, cowboys, etc.

Runners will be timed by the organisers of the event.

Teams will be challenged to raise a minimum of R5,000.  Involve non-runners by getting sponsorships!  This way we can ALL show GRATITUDE.

It is all about team work and supporting your team mates, while they are soaking in the exquisite surrounds of the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate.  There will be live music, prizes, lucky draws, enthusiastic athletes and sponsors supporting a worthy cause!

Starting Time:  07h30

Number Collection Points

Number Collection will only take place on Saturday at Lourensford Wine Estate from 06:00

Lourensford Wine Estate   Show details

Contact number:

Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130

GPS Co-ordinates: 34°04'17.9"S 18°53'19.2"E


Distance For Difference was founded early in 2005 as a response to the broadcasting of images of total devastation and people in need after the Asian Tsunami of 26 December 2004. Stéphan Pieterse asked a question…

What can I do to make a difference in this broken world? A world often without hope and without answers to the hardship we so frequently experience. The answer: START RUNNING. Stéphan started 2 running to make a difference in people’s lives. Since those first few strides taken in January 2005, many other athletes, including cyclists and swimmers, have joined him. Today, more than a decade later, Distance For Difference (D4D) is making a significant difference in the lives of specifically children in need of a brighter future.

During the first two years of its existence, D4D raised a total of R50,000. During the following eight, this shot up to nearly R4,000,000. Funds are generated by mobilizing athletes and assisting them to raise sponsorships for every kilometer which they complete during a year or for specific events.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)

Our vision:

“Children in need are our passion in deed”. Our dream is for the children of South Africa to grow up in stable family environments where the fear of abuse or abandonment is absent; with access to quality education, so that they can become adults who can positively contribute to the future of South Africa and its people.

How do we raise funds?

Besides individual athletes raising funds, D4D currently has two main events through which they raise funds. Firstly there is the bi-annual, THE500, a 24-hour cycling and spinning event that is organized by D4D. The first THE500 was first held in 2013. This event has a fundraising target of R500,000. Secondly there is the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour, previously called the Argus Cycle Tour, where D4D pre-book 150 entries. Cyclists are then encourage to take up these spots and to raise money through their efforts on the day of the 110 km cycling event.

D4D assists individual athletes, for example someone who would like to run 1,000 km during a year, like Stéphan did during the first few years, and those signing up for the above mentioned events, to raise sponsorships via web based sponsorship pages.

Each athlete is responsible for approaching their friends, family members and colleagues for sponsorship for every kilometer they complete.

Many of our athletes target other specific events for their fundraising efforts, including the ABSA Cape EPIC, Ironman, Two Oceans and Comrades Ultra Marathons.

D4D also has a limited number of committed monthly donors both in South Africa and overseas.

“What you can do, we cannot do, and what we can do, you cannot do, but together we can do something beautiful” (Mother Teresa)


Event Details

Date: 20 October, Saturday
Start Time: 7:00am
Entry Closing Date: 18 October, Thursday
Start Venue:
Finish Venue: Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West