Friday, May 27, 2016

Red Sock Friday

Phil Masterton-Smith
Youngest ever winner of the Comrades at age 19

Friday. I am putting on my Red Socks and going to meet the Unogwaja team as they ride in to Richmond. In 1933, the original Unogwaja couldn't afford the trip from Cape Town to the Comrades. So he cycled 1700km. To run 89km. Masterton-Smith lost his life at the siege of Tobruk in World War II. Three veterans who had fought at that battle promised to wear red socks if they made it out of the POW concentration camp alive. The Red Socks are a story of lasting friendships. Unogwaja is a story of putting aside obstacles. The Comrades is a story of rising to the challenge of life together. On Sunday we run together.


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