At 84 years old, Stephen de Bod, affectionately known as ‘Uncle Steve,’ accomplished his 250th park run, covering 1,250km.
The Boksburg parkrun, familiar to Steve, witnessed a remarkable achievement as he finished in under 50 minutes, cheered on by fellow runners.
Surrounded by Boksburg Athletic Club (BAC) members, family, and friends, Uncle Steve’s accomplishment came six weeks after a health setback.
Embracing his wife Marle at the finish line, Steve, holding a cane, expressed gratitude for the support that made this feat, once deemed impossible by doctors, a reality.
As a founding member of BAC in 1975, Steve played a crucial role in establishing the club’s weekly time trials, showcasing over four decades of running expertise.
Having crossed the Comrades Marathon finish line twice, Steve’s running legacy includes completing the iconic race in just over nine hours in 1970 and claiming silver the following year with a finish time 7:29.
A regular volunteer on the park run circuit, Steve has marshalled 113 runs, embodying the passion and encouraging fellow participants.
Expressing his enduring love for long-distance running, Steve affirmed his commitment to support and inspire local runners for as long as his body allows.
Picture: Supplied by Boksburg Advertiser
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