What is MAD2Run?

MAD2Run is an annual fund raising event in support of the MAD Leadership Foundation™. It’s a 7-day long relay-style running adventure from Johannesburg to Cape Town with 2 teams of 12 runners embracing the journey. Not only is this feat a huge achievement, but also what really makes this run unique is the fact that it is a 24hour relay race with each runner running roughly 200km each – give or take one or two wrong turns.

Our Story

This event was initiated in 2012, when Shaun Raaff decided that it was time be proactive and make a positive contribution to his much loved country, South Africa. After watching an inspirational talk given by Braam Malherbe (who ran across the great wall of China in aid of the charity Miles for Smiles). He got home, rather emotional, and immediately sent out an email to all of his friends and invited them around for an “emergency braai”. Over a few too many beers he was able to convince his mates that they needed to do something meaningful in their lives. The maddest suggestion – lets run to Cape Town…It will be fun they said…


The Why?

In the MAD Leadership Foundation™ a great cause was found to put all of our efforts towards. The team was quickly moved by the inspiring work of this great education-based organisation, started by Francois Pienaar. There exists a shared vision and passion between the MAD Leadership Foundation™ and ourselves, in that we believe education to be the best way of improving ones standing in life, which has a substantial and sustainable impact on the holistic betterment of society.

The Product

 And so, MAD2Run was born. We are an ever-expanding group of ordinary South African’s with the drive to make a difference by using our feet for a great feat! We have challenged ourselves to get our fellow countrymen’s support, and have done so in raising a total of R525 000 for the MAD Leadership Foundation™ to date.

Now it is time for the next group of MAD2Run runners to take the proverbial baton – Team’16 as they are affectionately known, has been chosen. The new team was selected based on shared values, a mutual commitment to the cause as well as an endless supply of GEES!