Meet the South African Trail Runner Inspiring a Country: Thabang Madiba

An avid runner since his youth, Thabang Madiba found his way into the world of trail running. In this film from Salomon TV, get to know South Africa’s dominant trail runner.

Madiba lives in Ga-Rankuwa township, without a mountain in sight. Through hard work, dedication, and passion, he has won the South African Trail Running Championships multiple times and was the first black South African to represent the country in trail running. A hero in his community, he hopes to inspire a new generation of youth through the sport of trail running.

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Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.