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Blind Ultra Marathon Runner Richard Monisi

Blind Ultra Marathon Runner Richard Monisi

Personal message

Update: We were informed on the 10th of June that Richard Monisi was killed in a hit and run on Saturday afternoon in JHB. He leaves a heartbroken family and a multitude of friends behind.

His extraordinary story as been an inspiration to many, not least the running community. You are invited to make a contribution to his wife, who is also blind and his three sons by using this page to donate. 

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"Ever run an ultra marathon? The world gets smaller as the race gets longer, contracting into a space defined by immediate destinations. Reach the next lamppost; get past that bend in the road. Small goals that add up to a monumental accomplishment. Richard Monisi can’t run this way, because he can’t see. But this blind man has finished the Comrades Marathon 12 times."

[Extract from Beautiful News]

Richard was a dedicated runner and got up at 3am every morning to run until 6am, back and forth on the 600m grass verge behind his home.  His dream was to run The New York Marathon. 

Richar was a humble man and was such an inspiration, with a huge fan base of followers. Take the time to watch this 2 minute video to get a sense of Richard's passion and potential.

Read more about Richard's life and relationship with running here.

Donations

  • Aug 04, 2017 - R 1 500.00
  • "Rest In Peace - blessings to his family " - Debbie Viljoen

  • Jul 13, 2017 - R 2 500.00
  • "Condolences to the family of Richard Monisi from the OMTOM team" - The Two Oceans Marathon

  • Jul 06, 2017 - R 100.00
  • "May the family find comfort in God. " - Ashley Rallele

  • Jun 30, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Rest gently Richard - sending love and light to your wife and sons" - Anonymous

  • Jun 28, 2017 - R 667.88
  • "Prayers for healing " - Chris and Melissa Kohler

  • Jun 28, 2017 - USD $ 161.71
  • "We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. RIP. " - Kay & Gordie

  • Jun 27, 2017 - R 1 010.00
  • "What a great inspiration" - Conker

  • Jun 22, 2017 - R 2 400.00
  • "Rest in peace our friend Rich." - Ricoh Athletic Club

  • Jun 20, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "May the Lord comfort his family " - Anonymous

  • Jun 20, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Richard it was an honour and privilege to meet and befriend you. I was blessed to run as your 'guide' for the 2nd lap of the Jackie Gibson marathon where we started our friendship. Rest in Peace." - Gary Lefevre (Circle AC)

  • Jun 19, 2017 - R 1 080.00
  • "So sad. A real inspiration. May his family be protected and blessed." - Anonymous

  • Jun 19, 2017 - R 2 056.40
  • "God bless Richard and his family" - Catherine Hopkins

  • Jun 17, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Richard fought the good fight, he has finished his race and he kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). " - Nontu Mgabhi

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "You will be known forever by the tracks you left." - Comeback Kid

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Met you at Harrismith one stop before this Comrades 2017 and saw you during the run! You were such a humble man and inspiration! God be with your family at this tough time. " - Fellow runner

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "May his family receive peace and comfort " - The Ned

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 206.67
  • "RIP" - Pradeep Gowan and family

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "May God be Richards family and guard his family " - Khaya Sibeko

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 201.00
  • "A Life Well Lived and Run" - Bhula Family

  • Jun 16, 2017 - USD $ 16.35
  • "The legacy of your heroism runs on. RIP " - Fellow runner

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "RIP Comrade" - Modern Athlete

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "R.I.P. Richard" - Ryno

  • Jun 16, 2017 - USD $ 10.52
  • "Go well brother. Your race on earth is over, but you have made such an impact to all that you have come in contact with. " - Anonymous

  • Jun 16, 2017 - R 200.00
  • "God bless" - Anonymous

  • Jun 15, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • " Your death was so unfair. " - Jason Hooper

  • Jun 15, 2017 - USD $ 33.34
  • "You inspired so many Comrades RIP" - Andy (Wales)

  • Jun 15, 2017 - USD $ 14.26
  • "Big loss !" - Anon

  • Jun 15, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Gutted when I heard the news, condolences to the wife and the kids, your tenacity and spirit will live forever on my heart , RIP comrade!" - Thato

  • Jun 15, 2017 - USD $ 16.67
  • "I will miss seeing you on the road... " - Tanya

  • Jun 15, 2017 - R 500.00
  • "." - David Els

  • Jun 15, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Condolences to the family, a true running inspiration. " - Wanderers Athletics Club

  • Jun 15, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "I ran with you many times over the years and most recently at Comrades 2017 - you were truly inspirational!" - martine

  • Jun 14, 2017 - R 154.23
  • "A true inspiration. A victoring spirit. A victoring man. Lala ngoxolo. " - Cebile

  • Jun 14, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "Heartsore but madly inspired by you Richard. Rest In Peace. " - Tarryn

  • Jun 14, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "RIP - I ave run with many a time " - Ashvin Jivan

  • Jun 14, 2017 - R 190.00
  • "Although I didn't know Richard, he is an inspiration. My heart goes out to his family and friends " - Tali Frankel

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 500.00
  • "Love to your family in this difficult time." - Tertia

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Condolences Comrade" - Simon

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 719.74
  • "Thanks for the inspiration, Richard!" - Cindy and Doug Warren

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 300.00
  • "RIP and thank you for inspiring others. " - Janine

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 1 542.30
  • "Rest in peace, Richard. You were an inspiration, and I will always remember your story." - Carolyn Galvin

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "rip" - natalie

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "R.I.P Richard. Comrades and Two Oceans won't be the same without you. Thinking of your family during this difficult time. " - Stephanie

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 110.00
  • "RIP Richard Monisi. You were and remain, despite your passing an inspiration to many. Prayers for and thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time." - Susan

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 200.00
  • "RIP Richard" - Cocks family

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Strength to your family." - Carol-Ann

  • Jun 13, 2017 - USD $ 82.19
  • "Thank you for being such an inspiration, Richard." - Sean Abraham

  • Jun 13, 2017 - R 497.74
  • "Geez! How very tragic." - Jamie Carroll

  • Jun 12, 2017 - R 600.00
  • "To a Fellow Comrades Runner. R.I.P Richard" - Len DeMoss

  • Jun 12, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "God bless x" - Nina

  • Jun 12, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Such a sad loss. RIP Richard" - V&A Bradford

  • Jun 12, 2017 - USD $ 31.56
  • "Such a sad tale." - James Burton

  • Jun 12, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "So incredibly sad - he was an inspiration to us all! RIP" - Nicky

  • Jun 12, 2017 - USD $ 40.77
  • "Tragic news of a man who was making a difference and an inspiration to many! " - Bronwyn Benians

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "xxx" - Becs

  • Jun 11, 2017 - USD $ 26.70
  • "People, stop driving like dicks. " - Joel Mitchell

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 1 000.00
  • "I hope that your bravery will live on through all the people knew you. Much love to your family." - Juliette

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "So sad, RIP Richard" - Monica

  • Jun 11, 2017 - USD $ 40.64
  • "RIP Richard, you were an inspiration to us all!" - Dee Blackie

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Terrible when we lose brave people." - Anthony Burns

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "We.are.so sorry for your.loss" - Katy and.family

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "May this help a little in this stressful time. " - Julie

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Such a huge loss - as an athlete and a courageous human being. " - Penny Hill

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Rip Richard!!!" - Tama

  • Jun 11, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "So incredibly devasted to hear of Richard's passing. I pray for his wife and children and trust that South Africans will come together to support this family who have overcome so many obstaclesalready" - Anonymous

  • Apr 17, 2017 - R 360.00
  • "Yes Richard!It's all in you....Your disability will never stop you from achieving your dreams...." - Nonhlanhla Dlamini

  • Apr 17, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "God bless you and your family" - Anonymous

  • Apr 13, 2017 - R 5 000.00
  • "Best of luck" - Nick

  • Mar 27, 2017 - R 308.46
  • "You are such an inspiration Richard" - Steven Dewhurst

  • Mar 11, 2017 - USD $ 219.80
  • "Best of luck. " - Kay and Gordie

  • Feb 24, 2017 - R 257.05
  • "You are a Super Hero Richard!" - Liz Henry

  • Feb 16, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "Fly like the wind xxx" - Sharon and Luis

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Proud of you Richard" - Naisby & Jacobsen

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 308.46
  • "Looking forward to a great challenge together" - Andrew Hall

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Wishlist no you all the best! You are a true inspiration " - Natalie and Warren Muir

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "All of the best Richard " - Veronica and Anthony Bradford

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "With love and huge respect. " - Penny Hill

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 100.00
  • "Great job!" - Debbie Court

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "Happy running! " - Tama

  • Feb 10, 2017 - USD $ 78.57
  • "Wishing you continued success! " - Kay and Gordie

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "You are such an inspiration " - Debbie Holland

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "So proud of you Richard" - Des Soule

  • Feb 01, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Keep Inspiring!" - Teegan

  • Jan 30, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "All the best. You are an inspiration" - Bradfords

  • Jan 30, 2017 - USD $ 78.31
  • "Good Luck and Keep Running Richard" - Lisa & Reg

  • Jan 26, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "You are an inspiration Richard " - Karen

  • Jan 26, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck Richard" - Louise D'Assonville

  • Jan 26, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "to get the ball rolling" - monica

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 53 378.42

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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Richard Monisi was a hugely talented blind runner. He lived 'Hand To Mouth' supporting his family on a disability grant, despite being an inspiration to all that heard his story. You are invited to contribute to his blind wife and his three children he leaves behind.