BY LOLITA DE ABREU
Dagbreek men’s residence is presenting their tenth annual Straatmyl on 4 March, where they will participate in a mile-long run along Victoria Street at 18:00.
The Straatmyl is held in honour of De Villiers Lamprecht, Stellenbosch University’s (SU) very own Matie athlete, who was the first South African (SA) athlete to run a dream mile.
There will be seven races with thirteen divisions. These divisions include boys and girls from as young as thirteen years old and a masters division for adults over forty-five years old. There will also be an open men and women’s division, which is said to attract large numbers.
This year, athletes Jerry Motsau and Luan Munnik will be competing in the Straatmyl for the first time. Motsau is a recurring SA champion in 1500m and has won a bronze medal at the World Student Games.
“I am so excited to be part of [the] Dagbreek street mile this year. I am really looking forward [to it]” Motsau says.
Motsau and Munnik will be rivals in the streets come 4 March, but day-to-day they are much more than that.
“Knowing Jerry as a close friend and [an] even closer training partner, he’s always a consistently tough athlete and a force to be reckoned with,” Munnik says.
Munnik is a junior champion of the 1500m and was the first junior at the Eden Mile series to run a dream mile. He says that he is thrilled to be participating.
Motsau and Munnik will be facing each other in a dream mile, for which Munnik says he is “on the grind and preparing extra hard for”.
“Luan is without a doubt talented and is always my toughest competition when we race together,” says Motsau.
Racing on foot is not the only thing to look forward to when attending the Straatmyl. Dagbreek also hosts the only mile-long skate-boarding race in SA.
A DJ and a dance crew called “The Unknown”, from the “Make Me Famous” reality series, will provide the entertainment.
Prizes and medals will be up for grabs, and a lucky draw will also take place.