Piet Viljoen

Age: 55
From: Cape Town, South Africa

This is not an event. And we are not event organisers

As I see it, Unogwaja is not something you do for the t-shirt or the medal. it something you do to learn more about yourself and the people around you – those in the team, the support group and in the countryside through which you travel. It’s about discovering who you are, who they are, what we can learn from each other and what we can help each other with.

How do you think you will deal with adversity or things that don’t meet with your expectations?

I have done long distance endurance events where plans are what you do before the race. Often, these plans have no bearing on what actually happens during the race. Then, you just play the cards you are dealt, and make the best of it.

I have also built a business from scratch – and here I have faced many successes and more than one failure. The failures have taught me much more than the successes. Dealing with failure tends to build character, and makes you stronger,more prepared to deal with whatever life might throw at you. Importantly, it makes you realise that nothing and no-one is perfect.

Why I’m ready for The Unogwaja Challenge 2017:

Over the past 18 months, i have completed the TransBaviaans MTB race (240km in 12 hours), a full IM and the Two Oceans marathon. I have also done numerous shorter distance triathlons, runs and bike races.

I have also done a few “Change a Life” charity cycle tours, which are cycling events, that take place annually in different places in the country. The distance is normally around 600km in 4 days, and are team based rides, not races, and stronger members help weaker members. Everyone finishes together. This is probably my favourite event of the year.