The Walk

The Chief Albert Luthuli Walk and Half Marathon commemorates takes place on a Saturday close to the anniversary of Chief Luthuli’s 21 July.

The Inaugural event took place on 23 July 2016 where over 500 people participated. The Groutville Community saw this as an opportunity to grow the event and formed an Non-Profit Organization called ‘Groutville Intuthuko Yethu’. This project will be one of the key anchor projects of the NPO that is responsible for the planning and co-ordination of the Luthuli Walk together with a project steering committee.

The 2017 Chief Albert Luthuli Walk will be held on Saturday 22 July 2017.  The 11, 5 km walk will commemorate Chief Luthuli's final walk to the railway bridge where there was allegedly a train accident that led to his untimely death.

The walk will be from the Luthuli Museum on Nokukhanya Luthuli Street to the Memorial Site returning via Chief Luthuli’s gravesite at the Groutville United Congregational Church to the Groutville Sports Field. This year marks 50 years after the tragic death of Chief Albert Luthuli on 21 July 1967.

On the route is the Aldinville Primary School, where Chief Luthuli started schooling. Next to it is the King Shaka Observation Rock where king Shaka used to sit and watch his warriors in Hlomendlini and his cattle in Shakaskraal. The Charlotedale level crossing and railway station is also a site of significance. .

An additional component be added to the Luthuli Walk 2017 which is the, Chief Albert Luthuli half Marathon’. The marathon will start at Chief Luthuli’s statue on Chief Albert Luthuli Street in KwaDukuza, run southwards on R102. There will be a  slight detour to get runners past the old sight of the Melville Sugar Mill. Turn left at the Groutville High School into Maqina Road towards the N2 Highway. Turn left at eThembeni towards Mbhekamuzi Primary School. Turn Right to the Accident Site and back to Groutville UCCSA and up Cranbrook Road to the Groutville Sports field past Luthuli Museum.