Virtual Hope Hike & Bike 2020
Sun 4 Oct 2020 @ ,

Hope Hike

Your unique 2020 Hope Hike and Hope Bike

Mental health is the starting point of all health, and with the psychological fall-out of the global Covid-19 pandemic, everyone’s mental health is at risk. Previously, mental health care was already under serious pressure. Now that pressure has increased so much more. Mental illnesses, such as depression, are not about “feeling down” and will not disappear by “just pulling yourself together”. Depression is a biological illness, and, as with other medical conditions, it requires treatment. Awareness campaigns help to break the silence around mental illnesses. You can make a difference by joining us this year on a virtual HOPE HIKE and HOPE BIKE on Sunday, 4 October. Funds raised go towards the Ithemba Foundation (ithemba means hope) to support research into mental health. 

This year’s event is literally unique, as it will be created by you, for you – and you can share your Hope selfie on and stand the chance to win one of ten Fitbits. October is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we HOPE you will not be “virtually” walking... but really walk the walk. It is projected that the pandemic might peak in August or September in South Africa, which means we need to remain responsible in terms of gathering in groups. By participating virtually, you can make a contribution to research on mental health AND stand the chance to win. Enter for R50, and on 4 October, walk, jog or cycle any distance you like, take a selfie and post it, together with your entry number, on Ithemba’s Facebook page By posting your selfie, you stand the chance to win one of ten Fitbits. 

Your health begins with mental health 

Fight depression!  Break the silence!

When and where: 

Sunday, 4 October, Your Home, Your Neighbourhood

  • A comfortable 3, 5 or 10 km hike/trail run OR an exhilarating 25 km MTB fun ride or any distance you like.

Starting time:  


Entry fee: 

  • R50 for any distance of your choice.

Enter now by going to 

and click on the Hope Hike/Bike

October is Mental Health Awareness Month

October is South Africa’s Mental Health Awareness Month and 10 October is World Mental Health Awareness Day. Raise awareness around mental health, specifically depression – the illness without a face – by wearing your sky-blue for hope depression awareness ribbon – the colour of optimism, peace, positivity, tranquillity, calmness – HOPE. 

More information:

Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp)
10 km Hope Hike 10 km 00:00 R 50.00
5 km Hope Hike 5 km 00:00 R 50.00
3 km Hope Hike 3 km 00:00 R 50.00
Hope Bike- 25 km Fun MTB Ride 25 km 00:00 R 50.00
Students 10 km Hope Hike 10 km 00:00 R 30.00
Students 5 km Hope Hike 5 km 00:00 R 30.00
Students 3 km Hope Hike 3 km 00:00 R 30.00
Students Hope Bike- 25 km Fun MTB Ride 25 km 00:00 R 30.00

Event location
From your home/localpark/road/anywhere.,

Route information

A virtual race is a race that can be run, walked, or cycled from any location you choose. You get to complete your own race, at your own pace, within the times frames as stipulated by your particular event.
There are no parking problems, no crowds, and no long Porta Potty lines. There is no start gun or nervous, pre-race chitchat with other athletes. There's not even an official starting line!
That's the kind of flexibility offered by virtual races, a new trend in the running and cycling community. Athletes who sign up for a virtual race register online and simply choose their route of choice. Once you are finished times can be uploaded via various timing apps as provided by your event organizer. Details of the timing app and How it works will be mailed to all participants closer to race day.

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