Men's Health

Hollard Daredevil Runs – 13 February 2015

Hollard Daredevil Run LogoIt’s not every day that you find 1 000’s of purple speedo-clad men running through the streets – but once a year, men of all shapes and sizes gather for a good cause and a whole lot of fun.

The Hollard Daredevil Run took to the streets in order to raise further awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

Traditionally a November event, the race has moved to a new date and time, taking place on 30 January (Johannesburg and Cape Town)  and 13 February 2015 in Bethlehem, Bloemfontein, Durban, George, Louis Trichardt and Nelspruit.

Feedback and Statistics:

A total of 439 brave men in their purple speedo’s ran at the six events on 13 February and 67 men did Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests (for men aged 35 and up).

Event Number of  Participants Number of Screenings
Bethlehem 71 6
Bloemfontein 82 12
Durban 43 9
George 98 9
Louis Trichardt 13 10
Nelspruit 132 21

CANSA thanks Hollard Insurance in particular for partnering with us to help raise awareness about men’s health.  We also thank all participants, spectators, support services and CANSA staff for working together to host the successful events.

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Daredevil Races 13 February 2015:

Click on the link below for details and galleries of the races that took place:

13 Feb Daredevil Poster post

About the Daredevil Run

Born in a pub in 2009, the Daredevil Run has gone from one brave soul daring to jog through peak hour traffic in a speedo, to a massive countrywide phenomenon with a noble cause.

The run has found a new home within the Hollard family, changing its colour from red to purple, as it gears up to host our Daredevils for an afternoon of energetic speedo fun.

Why Be a Daredevil?

Each year, more and more men join the Daredevil movement to help run cancer outta town. The more men that participate, the louder our message is heard.

In turn, this results in a greater amount of money being raised. These funds will be spent on cancer screening and awareness programmes in disadvantaged communities across South Africa.

Screening for prostate and testicular cancer is crucial as early detection literally saves lives.  Read more about Men’s Health and reducing your cancer risk.

Will there be cancer testing on the day?

Yes. You can be tested on the day you collect your registration pack (see above), or on the day of the run.

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) will be doing Prostate Specific  Antigen (PSA) tests for men aged 35 and up. A simple  finger-prick blood test to help detect prostate abnormalities.  The CANSA  team will also have FotoFinder screening – mapping dermoscope devices for detecting skin cancer.  And CANSA will also provide free sunscreen to all entrants and spectators to keep them safe in the sun. And for more fun – CANSA will have their Shavathon sprays on hand for any fun body spraying or hair spraying.

All funds raised from this event and other DareDevil Runs will be used for cancer screening in males and awareness programmes in disadvantaged communities.

What distance is the run?

The route is 5km. We have kept it short enough for non-runners, but long enough for seasoned runners to break a sweat.

Can women run?

The aim is to spread the word about cancers that affect men, and therefore only men can participate in the run. However, we value the support of all the women in our Daredevils’ lives and invite them to join us on the day …  The more, the merrier!

Do I have to run in a Speedo or can I run in something  else?

We know it takes courage to don that Speedo – THAT’S THE POINT! So, we require all Daredevils to wear the purple Speedo for the run.

Men and boys of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to help us spread the message. We have had Daredevils aged seven months being pushed in prams by their Daredevil dads, a Daredevil with a broken leg who was pushed by his Daredevil friends in a wheelbarrow, and even a man with only one leg participated.

Read more about Men’s Health and reducing your cancer risk.


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