1 November 2022
“It is almost time! Four weeks, three days to be exact to the start line! This is probably the biggest adventure of my life which is both a massive physical and mental challenge! Nevertheless, I am super excited and cannot wait.”
– Team SPCA athlete, Tienie Maree
A Brackenfell resident will ride The Munga – the ultra-marathon mountain bike event known as one of the toughest races on earth – in a brave bid to raise funds for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.
Tienie Maree will set off on the 1 100km endurance event on 30 November under the banner ‘Munga4Mutts’.
He will have 120 hours to reach the finish line at Doolhof in Wellington before 5 December and can choose to stop and rest at the five race villages along the route. However, the clock does not stop for riders – rest time is included in the countdown. In 2021, the winning time was around 60 hours.
“At the Munga we celebrate what it is to be human. We know the fight. We know what it means to grovel, and grind, and crawl in desperation to the light at the end of the tunnel.” – The Munga Race Director, Alex Harris
Echoing Harris’s words, Maree is motivated by his own personal struggles, during which he found unconditional love and companionship in his animals.
“Having decided to enter the event, the idea of doing something for the greater good came to mind. Being a dog father, I have experienced first-hand the positive effect of having animals around when life gets tough. Animal welfare is something that I feel really passionate about and I would like to use this opportunity to raise funds and try and make a difference,” says Maree.
With many kilometres of training under his cycle bib and many more go, Maree is determined to let animals gain from his pain during the gruelling race and is appealing for support to reach his goal of R25 000.
It’s not going to be easy but you can help make it worth it!
There are 3 ways to donate:
Donate via PayFast
(enter your own amount into the box)
Make an EFT
Bank: Standard Bank Constantia
Account name: Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Account number: 071832858
Type of account: Cheque Account
Reference: Munga + Your Full Name
Please email Proof of Payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate via GivenGain
Accepts international/Foreign Donations
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THE ULTIMATE LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE YOU CAN HAVE ON A BICYCLE.
Can a bicycle race change your life?
The Munga was launched way back in 2014, and at first it seemed like a crazy idea. To race non-stop for 1000km across the arid Karoo in summer, really? But it soon became the go to ultra-endurance mountain bike race in South Africa, and the bench mark by which all other long races are measured. In it’s short history, the race has become somewhat of an iconic event, and a bucket list race for anyone who has ever been on a mountain bike! When people ask you if you have done the Munga, they are not interested in your time.