The launch of SUNBIRD Striders was inspired by the employees of SUNBIRD Perfumes. Here is their story:
Sunbird Perfumes is a small company with offices in Pretoria and Cape Town. The 24 Pretoria based employees of Sunbird Perfumes attended the 2016 Comrades Marathon as a team building exercise. At the time, only 2 of them were active runners. During this weekend, 18 of these employees each received their 1st pair of decent running shoes and were challenged to start running.
Since September 2016, each of Sunbird’s 24 staff members has completed at least 1 race: 4 employees have each completed a 10 km race (1 of them is an upper leg amputee), 19 have each completed a 21 km race while 1 employee has run the Soweto marathon thereby qualifying for the 2017 Comrades Marathon.
14 of Sunbird’s employees have now entered for the 2017 Comrades Marathon – that is 58% of the company’s workforce!
It is our wish that the Sunbird Striders Athletics Club will enable and inspire many more runners to experience the joy and privilege of running.