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l "About a year ago, Madimo Promotions approached Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) with the idea of a big walk... (and) we then linked them up with a Soweto-based athletics club, named after track and road running legend, Matthews 'Loop en Val' Motshwarateu.
"We at the CGA are passionate and committed to growing the awareness and importance of living a healthy lifestyle through sport in our communities, but walking is also an Olympic event, so it is, therefore, a competitive sport." - CGA president Snowy Matthews
l "Through the Sowetan Big Walk we are encouraging young and old people, particularly families, to walk to stay healthy and fit, and to help promote walking as a competitive sport." - Sowetan and Sunday World publisher Bongani Keswa
l "As hosts, we want to assure the sponsors and fellow organisers that we will try our utmost, together with all the other Soweto-based athletics clubs, to make this event a resounding success." - Loop en Val Athletic Club official Herbert "Pango" Makhale.