Although diagnosed with a heart defect at the age of two, Nathan Botha, a
16 year old mountain biking enthusiast from Hoërskool Florida Roodepoort will be back in action at the 2019 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. This year however he will share the experience with friends from school.
In 2005 Nathan was diagnosed with Coarctation of the Aorta, a congenital heart defect involving a narrowing of the aorta. This narrowing restricts the amount of oxygen-rich blood that can travel to the lower part of the body.
According to Nathan’s mother, Amanda Botha, the same week of diagnosis, Nathan underwent a four-hour operation to repair the coarctation. “He was placed on blood pressure medication for one year to stabili
A pediatric cardiologist performed a Stress ECG to establish the heart rate zones that Nathan can exercise in. Nathan trains with a heart rate monitor and data
“I really enjoy the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic,” says Nathan. “This year my school friends will also be participating. I will line up for the Half Marathon. I really enjoy the downhills and seeing the finish line. From past experience, I can say that the route has lots of climbs and rocky terrain. My MTB achievements since the 2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic include a first place at the 2019 Jackal Dash MTB Race where I rode 40km in a time of 1:25 minutes. I participated at the 2019 Delta Dash MTB six
EVENT INFO: FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic
|Date:||Saturday, 01 June 2019|
|Distances & Entry Fee:||Marathon / +-65km / R430.00|
|Half Marathon / +-33km / R325.00|
|Fun Ride / +-15km / R200.00|
|Kids Event / 2.5km / R100.00 / Kids 6 years and older|
The first 1000 mountain bikers to enter (and pay – Marathon/Half Marathon/Fun Ride) will receive an official event t-shirt. All event finishers will receive a medal (Kids Event included).
VIDEO: 2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic
EVENT INFO: FNB Platinum Trail Run
|Date:||Sunday, 02 June 2019|
|Venue (start & finish):||ATKVBuffelspoort|
|Distances & Entry Fee:||Long / +-24km / R340.00|
|Medium / +-12km / R240.00|
|Short / +-8km / R150.00|
|Kids Event / 2.5km / R100.00 / Kids 9 years and older|
The first 1000 trail runners to enter (and pay – Long/Medium/Short) will receive an official event t-shirt. All event finishers will receive a medal (Kids Event included).
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FNB is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the annual FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the FNB Platinum Trail Run. This sponsorship forms part of FNB’s ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on healthy lifestyle activities and family involvement. We pride ourselves in creating memorable experiences that exceed expectation, for all participants and spectators along with their families with the aim of creating enduring rewarding relationships
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