1997 Super C Korkie 50km
The Korkie ultra used to be a 56km race between Centurion and Germiston. This was one of my all time favorite races. It was my first ultra in 1985.
No 1623...my first ultra
In 1997 I ran the 50th addition of the Korkie on a circular route between Germiston and the eastern parts of Johannesburg.
This is a great shirt to have. Not many will be around anymore.
I ran this race with our late friend Madelein. She sadly passed away some years ago. Madelein had Huntington's Disease. Her mother died of Huntington's at the age of 47. Unfortunately she passed the Huntington's gene on to Madelein.
Madelein lived her life to the full, making the most of the time she had. One of the things she wanted to do in her life was to run the Comrades Marathon. She did this and also ran many other ultras. I was privileged to run some races with her, including the 1997 Super C Korkie, where I got the shirt above.
So today's Throwback Thursday T-shirt I start using in memory of Madelein. We spent many great hours on the road together.
Madelein running the 1996 Om Die Dam 50km
Madelein and I during the 1997 Om Die Dam 50km
We think of you often Madelein, rest in peace friend.
Please click on the link for Huntington's Disease to read a bit about it and spread some awareness about this monster. There is no cure yet.