As an athlete from Tzaneen Marathon Club and a proud mom of three boys, the 36-year-old Alicia Opperman
plans to take on a 100km charity run on the 18th of December. The aim of this attempt is to raise money for the elderly and children in need. She intends to hand over these donations by the 24th of December, just in time for Christmas.
“I had it on my heart to give something to the members of our community who are often forgotten. Time is one of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone and therefore, I would love to spend time on this charity run so that I in return can help others.”
Having grown up in a poor but humble environment, Opperman did not let the hardships of life deter her from pursuing her passion for running and caring for her fellow human being.
“I have been running since the age of six and never stopped, or regretted any part of it. Running kept me out of trouble, especially as a child, it made me mentally strong and it is a way for me to spend alone time with my
Creator and appreciate what He made, all the beauty and wonders.”
Her first attempt for the 2019 Comrades Ultra Marathon did not go as smoothly as Opperman wished. Despite having trained and prepared for the race, she fell ill a week before the event from a severe bladder infection.
This did not prevent her from competing though, and she finished the race in a time of 10:59:32, despite bleeding and having to stop at every available mobile toilet along the way.
With this charity run in December, Opperman wants to nominate orphanages and old age homes in Tzaneen, Phalaborwa, Polokwane, Giyani and Hoedspruit. Her aim is to raise funds per kilometre sponsored by companies or individuals.
Any amount donated will aid this venture. If not money, any goods that can be distributed to these beneficiaries would assist her cause. Any athlete or fitness-conscious person is welcome to join her on the day. An entry fee will be charged that would also go into the project. That person can do any number of kilometers, walking or running.
Alicia’s progress can be followed via her Instagram profile @AliciatheRunner.
“I have also applied for two Guinness World Records, which are pending approval. The first record attempt will be for the most consecutive days running a half marathon distance on a treadmill, with the current record standing at 52 days.”
The second attempt is to run a half marathon distance for the most consecutive days, with the current record standing on 75 days. This means that running a half marathon every day for more than 75 consecutive days. If she does get approval to attempt to improve these records, she would like to do another fundraising project whilst aiming for these feats.
For businesses or individuals who would like to get on board with this charity venture or would like to participate too, contact Alicia Opperman at 063 606 5547.