Marita van der Merwe

Leader: Kempton Park

I lived in Durban until a made my big move to The City Of Gold in 2003.  At this time I was a “chain smoker” and very unhealthy.  I did not exercise at all, loved fast food, and enjoyed socializing until early morning hours.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea at the age of 35.  To most people it doesn’t sound serious.  After hearing the risk factors of having Sleep Apnea, I knew it was time to make serious health changes. I started treatment to stop smoking which took very hard work and a lot of dedication. In 2015 I lost 15kg’s after serious training, meeting with a Dietician to help me lose weight.

Running has become a very important part of my life. Earlier this year I completed Two Oceans 21km, this was my very first 21km event.

My personality is kind of complex. I’m very quiet and reserved but once I get to know you, I’m outspoken and silly. I hope to be able to inspire other ladies to challenge themselves to be more than they think they can be.

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