While Cape Town braved the worst storm in 30-years yesterday, literally placing the city on lockdown, The Westin Cape Town soldiered-on to mark Global Running Day and demonstrate its commitment to encouraging South Africans to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle.

Through this initiative, The Westin Cape Town hosted an event of a different kind – indoors and joined Marriot hotels around the world to commemorate this global initiative. According to acting general manager, Michael Liffmann, the hotel placed three treadmills on its ground floor from 06h00 to 18h00 and encouraged guests and staff to do a brisk walk or jog, with an “ambitious end goal in mind”. Westin ambassadors also voluntarily joined the event, such as Tarryn Lamb from the music trio BlackByrd, along with radio personalities such as Jeremy Harris, Rob Vember, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Zoë Brown and Suidooster actor Marco Spaumer.

We set-out to reach 200km in 12 hours, and by the end of the evening we clocked in at 211km. The idea was to have a rotating system and have three participants on the treadmill at a time for the entire day. We are thrilled that we reached this goal,” Liffmann said.

As part of the initiative, The Westin Cape Town handed over R10 000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) as a gesture to commend the HSF in playing a leading role in the fight against preventable heart disease and stroke. The organisation’s ultimate aim is to see fewer South Africans suffer premature deaths and disabilities from preventable disease.

We value the contribution the HSF makes to our nation. The work the organisation does is truly admirable and we needed to show our support in some way. There was no better day to do it than on Global Running Day, considering the HSF encourages everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise,” he said.

Encouraging guests to stick an exercise programme while travelling is in line with the hotel’s Move Well pillar. Liffmann said the RunWestin programme has been introduced to afford guests the opportunity to train in a world-class fitness studio – the Westin Workout Gym, in New Balance gear borrowed from the hotel.

We take the mental and physical well-being of guests very seriously. Therefore, for the duration of June, the Westin Cape Town has added to the Gear Lending Programme by introducing reflective wrists bands and light-up sneaker clips as part of the gear offering,” said Liffmann.

The Westin Cape Town joined hotels around the world to celebrate Global Running Day hosting “empowering runs”, enlisting guests and associates to rise early and “own their morning”, equipped with the brand’s new reflective gear. The hotels’ Run Concierge team led runners through scenic routes in different cities.