April 2020: Unite through health

NEWSLETTER: April 2020

The Rainbow Nation has been in lockdown for around two weeks now and it is understandable that the novelty of your enforced stay at home may wearing a bit thin. The free Inselelo Rainbow Challenge was launched last week with the simple aim of making it easy for everyone to stay active and get healthy, with the added benefit that it will help stave off some of the boredom.

The free challenge currently involves either running or cycling (an exercise event will be added shortly) and has been created so you can take part during lockdown without breaking any of the rules presently in place.

Entrants can go to Webtickets.co.za to enter for free and then run or cycle, either in a garden by doing laps; or on a treadmill / exercise bike; or even by running on the spot.

Entry is free to all events, but when entering you have an option to donate to Gift of the Givers who will pass on that donation to support medical and emergency personnel fighting the Covid-19 disease. Barring bank charges incurred for the donation, 100% of the money collected will be handed over to Gift of the Givers.

The focus when designing the concept has been to keep it simple, make it open and manageable to everyone of any age, and make sure it is free.

The cycling, running and exercising events are separate and you can compete in a series of progressive virtual races based on the colours of the rainbow. Whether you decide to run or cycle. you can start by taking part in the Red challenge (running one kilometre or jogging on the sport for eight minutes, or cycling for five kilometres or 15 minutes), and then progress to the Orange challenge, then the Yellow etc, until you complete all races. Alternatively you can opt to jump ahead and just do the Indigo or Violet races if you are an experienced runner or cyclist.

The distance / time does not have to be completed in one day, so if you are aiming for the 42km Violet running challenge, you can do as little or as much as they want each day and add the total up to complete the marathon distance over a few days or even weeks.

The running events start from Red (1km / 8 minutes) and progress through Orange (3km/24mins), Yellow (5km/40mins), Green (10km/1hr 20mins), Blue (10km/2:00), Indigo (21km/2:48) and finally Violet (42km/5:36).

The cycling distances are Red (5km/15 minutes), Orange (10km/30mins), Yellow (20km/1hr), Green (30km/1hr 30mins), Blue (50km/2:30), Indigo (65km/3:15) and finally Violet (100km/5:00).

After completing a race, you can feed in you results via the results.finishtime.co.za website. All entrants will be listed in the results when they finish a race and can print out a certificate or share their results to social media.

The event is using the hashtag #HealthyAtHome and promoting #StayAtHome

Competitors who complete a race will also be added to the full Inselelo Rainbow Challenge which has all a competitor’s distances and times added and there will be downloadable certificates for those who complete each of the seven rainbow races and one after you have built your rainbow.

The event organisers are currently negotiating with sponsors and rewards and discounts for entrants are expected to be announced shortly.

“No matter what your ability at the beginning, most people should be able to complete these challenges,” said FinishTime director Craig Eldridge. “We have launched this challenge with the aim of helping individuals and families stay healthy during these extremely difficult times.

“South Africa has been famously dubbed the Rainbow Nation and we are hoping that, while we are all forced to stay apart, the Inselelo Rainbow Challenge will help to bring everybody together.

“No matter where you are within our borders or further afield, no matter what your citizenship, your age, gender, height or weight, we are all in this together and we can all keep active healthy and in support of our country.


Calling all cyclists and runners to stay healthy and active during lockdown. If you have a garden to run around or use a treadmill or even rollers you can take part. Stay active and stay healthy.