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Words of a Comrades Winner

The truth is out! Who is @StephenMuzhingi running for in 2013?

The question we have been asked a thousand times since Stephen arrived in South Africa last week is “Who is he running for?   Who are his sponsors?   Is he running Two Oceans?   What about Comrades?”   I hope this short commentary of his last week in South Africa answers some of those those questions, and gives you a little bit of  insight into the man, husband and father of two, not just the “champ”.

After meeting with the delightful, exuberant and energetic (yes, it’s true) Lucas Mongatane, the Chairman of Toyota Athletics Club, earlier today, we can officially confirm that Stephen Muzhingi, 3 times Comrades winner and current holder of the Two Oceans Title is contracted to Toyota Athletics Club, a mutually beneficial relationship that may well see Toyota win its first Comrades Marathon!  In fact I have very little doubt that Toyota will take this year’s first place in Comrades with the likes of Stephen in their colors, and a very proud and confident FedGroup will have grand reason for celebration..

Stephen leaves for Zimbabwe tomorrow after spending the day with his other major sponsors, FedGroup, and we wish him and his family well, and look forward to seeing him very soon again in preparation for Two Oceans Marathon.

I asked Stephen to say a few words to his sponsors, friends and supporters, and although emotional, he is determined, committed and back to the Stephen we know and love.

“I am humbled and grateful.   I am speechless.   Thank you to my major sponsors Toyota and FedGroup.   Thank you for your faith and belief in me.   This year I plan to defend my Two Oceans Title, gain back my Comrades Title and win the world IAU World 100km sanctioned by the IAAF being held at the end of the year.

Last year was a difficult time for me but your support and encouragement of me has made me even more determined to make you proud of me.  I WILL make you proud.

I thank also my Management Team, Craig Fry Inc, and my social media team, who keep my friends, fans and supporters around the world in touch with what is going on in my world.

I look forward to meeting many of you at the races that are coming up.   Thank you again.   I am very proud to be associated with Toyota and FedGroup, and wear my association with great pride.”

All pictures copyright D E FRY

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February 27, 2013 Posted by | Athletics, Comrades, Comrades Marthon, FedGroup, GedGroup, iau world 100km, Lucas Mongatane, Marathon Running, Media, muzhingi officially running for Toyota Athletics Club, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, Touota Athletics Club, Toyota Athletics Club, Two Oceans Marathon, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More on Me & My Support

When I started running it was because I loved it, and I wanted to be the best. Yes I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to make a living from it. For me running is my job, but first and foremost I run because I love it. As a fellow runner, one can identify with the fact that the sense of joy, and feeling so proud and fulfilled when you run a Personal Best time, or even a finish position cannot be taken away from you. Running is a complete leveller, as it is you against a clock.

 

I have worked hard to get where I am right now in my career, and it is not without the help of others, but ultimately my desire and passion to keep improving each and every time i lace up the shoes. Your job should never feel like a job. My manager said to me once, that if I ever feel like running is a burden and I feel like this is just a job, then I should quit and do something else. This i find so true, as if you don’t enjoy what you do and it is a burden, then why do it at all. You have to love what you do to do it well.

 

I have spoken about my Coach in previous blogs, who has helped me achieve on the road, and continues to do this. There are others with me now making sure I make the right choices and receive what I “rightly” deserve.

After my 2009 Comrades win, my coach introduced me to my now Manager Craig Fry, as for Cliff he is first and foremost my coach and has other athletes too, so could not sacrifice all his time to do everything for me.  So I signed a contract with Craig to look after and manage my business affairs. The things like, sponsors, media, marketing and my finances. At the time I thought well, what do I need this for, I can just keep doing what I do. I have to say that now I can and have seen the importance of a professional athlete being taken care of with all the other things that go on.  One statement he said to me I will never forget, “We will never chase money, unless its is for the benefit of your  career, and does not negatively impact on your running. “

I have a great relationship with my manager and i don’t see him as someone that works for me, but someone that cares for me, and has my best interests at heart.  I have complete trust in him. Yes I always have the final say with things so I am always in control of my own destiny, but have guidance to hopefully make the right choices.

 

I never knew how difficult it all was. I spent a few days with him and all day he is on the phone and internet , e-mail, etc all day,,,,,,  all for me.  HEY I didn’t realise I was a full time job, HAHA. Since setting up my twitter, face Book and Blogs, I have learnt how to use a computer, and do these fun things. Although its fun, and this is how I see it, I have been completely blown away by the amount of people that send me messages and want to know about me. For me this is just awesome.

 

Since winning my 3rd Comrades just under a month ago, things have certainly stepped up. New potential sponsors, and race invites. I have even been promised a diplomatic passport by my Country, and promises of incentive payments from various companies. So all good things are on the horizon, and hopefully I make the right choices to benefit me and my family.

 

For me I know I am in good hands, which allows me the freedom to not worry about anything, and just run, and that is what I am going to do, JUST RUN, RUN, RUN until I don’t want to.

 

So watch this space and I will let you know more as we go

By the way you can also see info on me on www.squidoo.com/stephen-muzhingi – Very nice indeed.

Happy running all!!

Stephen Muzhingi (I have to add this below)

3 Time Consecutive Comrades Marathon Winner

2009, 2010, 2011

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Athletics, Comrades, Comrades Marthon, Exercise, Fitness, Marathon Running, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, Two Oceans Marathon, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

   

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