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Daredevil Run 2016: have you got the balls?


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There’s only a week to go until South Africa’s most fun – yet deadly serious – event for men and the question is: have YOU got what it takes?


                        Daredevil Run 2016: have you got the balls?

Register for the 2016 event now!


If it isn’t obvious to you yet, we’re talking about testicular and prostate cancers. We all have those body parts (and are no doubt glad for them), and we all run the risk of developing these cancers – especially as we get older.

The best ways to beat them? The same way we do any other cancer: awareness, regular check-ups and testing.

Early detection certainly does save lives – and before you think this disease won’t affect you, consider this: one in six South African men gets cancer at some stage during his lifetime. And cancer doesn’t discriminate; factors such as age, race, body shape, address and financial status mean nothing to it.

The Daredevil Run started several years ago as a dare among friends, and has swiftly grown into a nationwide, highly publicised event in which thousands of men participate. Hollard proudly took over sponsorship of the Daredevil Run in 2015.

“While the Daredevil Run itself has changed a bit over the years, its nature never does,” says Hollard’s head of sponsorships, Nikki Belford.

“The reason we’re doing it remains constant: getting men to be more aware of their health, and raising money so that men everywhere can access the tests they need for early diagnosis.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for all men to rally with us around a phenomenal cause, doing something for themselves and their brethren – and have a great time while they’re about it.”

This is what you need to know about the Daredevil Run 2016:

  • It takes place from 3pm sharp on Friday, 19 February, in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit and George. Get there early for some spray-on body decoration!
  • Your R150 entry fee (for adults – a R50, R100 or R150 donation for kids is OK) pays for your handsome, Hollard-purple Speedo, and a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) prostate cancer screening if you’re over 40
  • Hollard will donate your full fee to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), for use in PSA screening, awareness and counselling in underprivileged communities. And if you still have your Speedo from 2015, Hollard will donate the cost of a new one to CANSA

“It’s so easy to participate in the Daredevil Run. Simply go to the event website and click on the ‘Enter now’ button,” says Nikki.

“The website includes everything you need to know – from venue and route details, to finding out how you can donate even more to the cause, to the inspirational stories of men who have beaten cancer.”

The perpetual refrain of newbies to the event, that they are reticent to wear a Speedo in front of others, just doesn’t cut it for Nikki.

“I’d also be shy of wearing one in public, albeit for different reasons!” she quips. “But when you’re among thousands of other, regular guys in Speedos, it’s the coolest thing to have on, believe me – and not even wearing a dreaded banana hammock can ever be as serious as fighting cancer.

“So, really, what are you waiting for? Enter the Daredevil Run today – and bring your mates!”

To find out more about the Daredevil Run and, of course, enter the event (as well as dare a friend), visit www.daredevilrun.com. You can also stay up to date (and see how much of a hoot the run is) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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