I am sorry.
More of your friends died after Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 2018. Again. Sorry doesn’t seem to cut it I know.I really don’t know what else to say. I know what you are thinking. “Every year same story”. And I know this is especially hurtful after the good people of the Two Oceans came to visit you at the Two Oceans Aquarium where you have to live now because of the plastic that nearly killed you. Even after this and all the media attention they gave themselves they haven’t protected your friends and stopped this from happening again and again. And we know most of your friends don’t even get to live to tell the tale.
Empty promises. No change. More unnecessary deaths. But it was a great race.
If you thought white privilege was bad brother, you should check out runner’s privilege!
I had hoped that the good people of Old Mutual, Adidas and City of Cape Town would have done something about it after my previous letter to you:
But so far nothing has changed. And I promised I would tell you when we got to 2018, as I know how hopeful you were back in 2013 when Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon promised a plastic free event by 2018. It’s now 2018. Sorry Bob. See article below with official statement from Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, the World’s most beautiful marathon they say:I love you man but I don’t really know what else to say.
For change to happen they have to be willing to let go of what they have and not hold on to it as if there is no other choice. I wish they would realize that what they are holding onto is good but what they are preventing can be great. Because nothing can be truly great if it’s at the expense of others.
I wish I had better news to share.
With love and in hope,
Please sign your name in comments section below & share letter to urge Old Mutual, Adidas and City of Cape Town to act decisively.
Ps. Bob I know you were hoping our friends up in Kwa Zulu Natal would set the standard for everyone to follow. But it seems quite the opposite. They are actually celebrating the amount of plastic they are using and ultimately that finds its way into your mouth, the same way you nearly died. I’m sorry man
This is what Comrades had to say. One good to cover up a known and ongoing bad that is resulting in deaths every year. So in fact Comrades and Two Oceans at both winning “environmental” awards for the plastic! Not great for you Bob.