Twelve years ago, laying on my back, after having just written off my motorcycle and
unable to even sit up, I would never have thought this is where I would be today.
In 2008, I was involved in a high-speed motorcycle accident. I fractured my pelvis
and chipped a bone in my left shoulder. I was told I would be in hospital for six
weeks. But I was determined to get home sooner. I told the doctor that I wanted to be back home in three days, and he laughed! But with intensive physio, I managed to do it.
Four weeks later, I was even able to drive myself home from my check-up.
A year later, I contracted Tuberculosis and I had to have an operation to drain the
fluid from my lungs. I was on medication for a year – I had to take 15 pills a day.
To make things worse, a few months later, I developed an abscess in my lung from
the drainage. I had to have another major surgery to have it removed, leaving a
permanent gap in my ribcage.
After these two incidents, my body had taken a huge knock. The motorcycle accident
had left my leg bones much weaker, and the TB had caused extreme weight loss.
I started cycling as a way to stay healthy and be outside in the fresh air. This gave
me the confidence to enter the Cape Town Cycle Tour. 109km of the most beautiful
scenery anywhere in the world. I was so excited to take part in an event of this
stature as I had never done anything like it before.
However, I was not prepared for what awaited me. 40km in, my legs started to cramp
up badly. I decided to try and walk for a bit, and was able to coast on my bike on the
downhills for another 40km. But the race cut-off had been reached, and I had to stop.
After a while, cycling also became too expensive for me to keep up, and I didn’t have
any friends who I could cycle with either. I decided to try running with a few old
friends from high school.
This sparked a new energy within me and running became a big part of my daily
routine. We would run at any time we could, even if that meant starting the run at
10pm! We would run on the road and along the mountain and always have a great
time. We had also started to do calisthenics to strengthen the body and started to
watch our diets. We were getting serious about our fitness.
In 2017, adidas Runners had started in Cape Town. My friends and I had joined on
the very first activation and have been there ever since.
On a Saturday, we would run with the community in the morning then have
breakfast. After, we would go to the park to play frisbee or kick a football. Then we
would do some calisthenics and after all that, go for a second run. This is when I
noticed my body changing and getting much stronger.
As a result, I was looking at a career change and someone had advised me to try
In 2018 I was fortunate enough to be chosen to do a season as a wildland firefighter.
Around the same time, adidas Runners asked if I was willing to become a Booster on
their team. This was a great opportunity as I had always wanted to be an athlete. I
accepted and have been a Booster ever since.
Running has motivated me to become a better version of myself, and given me a
sense of courage and confidence.
I am currently in the application process to become a permanent firefighter –
something I’d never have been able to do if I hadn’t started running.
KURT: FASTER THAN MY CIRCUMSTANCES
May 19, 202011:24