Muddy princess 5km obstacle fun mud run for women only

“It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable “- Socrates
Our female volunteers laced up for change and got down and dirty at the Muddy Princess 5km obstacle mud run. They looked pretty and played dirty. This was not only a team building event before our eventful Ramadaan schedule commences, but also an event surrounded by creating awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer as one of the Muddy Princess’s tagline says: “Breast cancer fights dirty, so do we!”.

The lace up for change (LU4C) team ranged from 12 to 56 year olds varying in fitness levels, nonetheless, they went in strong and emerged even stronger with the mantra of, I may not be the fittest, I may not be the strongest, but I’ll be damned if I’m not trying my hardest! Tough times don’t last but tough teams do and the camaraderie accompanied by the team effort showcased in assisting and supporting each other to conquer an obstacle was spectacular. Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends came together and helped each other persevere and triumph over fears was nothing short of amazing. Our warrior princesses demonstrated that as a team, anything is possible.

There were 18 obstacles on the course which challenged our balancing, grip, upper body strength, ability to work as a team and more. Some of us were afraid of heights but with our team behind us there wasn’t anything we couldn’t overcome and so we did. We rose as a team by uplifting each other. We found strength in each other’s weaknesses and held strong till each member prevailed over an obstacle. We got muddy, we lost tutus and shoes nevertheless, we gained sisters in a team of strong women.

I have never been more proud to be a part of a team where seeing someone who cannot swim, slide into muddy water and participate like a true soldier in addition to witnessing a few members reach the top of an obstacle only to be afraid to come down but then came down wilfully with the support and motivation of the team, as we left no women behind. Having a 51-year-old be a beacon of inspiration and motivation as she soared to the top of an obstacle, giving hope to the others that they too can do it. It was a joyful experience being surrounded by a fantastic team of women allowing us to aspire to be more and do more, teaching us the value that if we will then we can.

The event brought us closer as a team, we emerged tougher and eager to tackle the next challenge and look forward to our next events in uplifting and enhancing the lives of the disadvantaged. Lace Up for Change (LU4C) is about helping others overcome obstacles in life and participating in the Muddy Princess event reminded us how easy it is to overcome obstacles when you have the support and generosity of others. There isn’t anything you cannot achieve with the help of others. If we all come together to make a difference in each other’s lives, the world will be a better place.
Please like and support our cause, donations are welcome but your presence will too be highly appreciated. Keep an eye out for our Ramadan projects and future sporting events in order to raise funds for our charities.

Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid to not try as every bit of effort makes a difference and you can too.

Zayaana Janodien-Oosterwyk

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