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Blind Ultra Marathon Runner Richard Monisi

Blind Ultra Marathon Runner Richard Monisi

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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. 


"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.


Name Comment Date Amount
Debbie Viljoen Rest In Peace - blessings to his family Aug 04, 2017 R 1 500.00
The Two Oceans Marathon Condolences to the family of Richard Monisi from the OMTOM team Jul 13, 2017 R 2 500.00
Ashley Rallele May the family find comfort in God. Jul 06, 2017 R 100.00
Anonymous Rest gently Richard - sending love and light to your wife and sons Jun 30, 2017 R 205.64
Chris and Melissa Kohler Prayers for healing Jun 28, 2017 R 667.88
Kay & Gordie We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. RIP. Jun 28, 2017 USD $ 161.71
Conker What a great inspiration Jun 27, 2017 R 1 010.00
Ricoh Athletic Club Rest in peace our friend Rich. Jun 22, 2017 R 2 400.00
Anonymous May the Lord comfort his family Jun 20, 2017 R 210.00
Gary Lefevre (Circle AC) 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. Jun 20, 2017 R 1 028.20
Anonymous So sad. A real inspiration. May his family be protected and blessed. Jun 19, 2017 R 1 080.00
Catherine Hopkins God bless Richard and his family Jun 19, 2017 R 2 056.40
Nontu Mgabhi Richard fought the good fight, he has finished his race and he kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Jun 17, 2017 R 205.64
Comeback Kid You will be known forever by the tracks you left. Jun 16, 2017 R 205.64
Fellow runner 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. Jun 16, 2017 R 205.64
The Ned May his family receive peace and comfort Jun 16, 2017 R 102.82
Pradeep Gowan and family RIP Jun 16, 2017 R 206.67
Khaya Sibeko May God be Richards family and guard his family Jun 16, 2017 R 205.64
Bhula Family A Life Well Lived and Run Jun 16, 2017 R 201.00
Fellow runner The legacy of your heroism runs on. RIP Jun 16, 2017 USD $ 16.35
Modern Athlete RIP Comrade Jun 16, 2017 R 1 028.20
Ryno R.I.P. Richard Jun 16, 2017 R 102.82
Anonymous 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. Jun 16, 2017 USD $ 10.52
Anonymous God bless Jun 16, 2017 R 200.00
Jason Hooper Your death was so unfair. Jun 15, 2017 R 1 028.20
Andy (Wales) You inspired so many Comrades RIP Jun 15, 2017 USD $ 33.34
Anon Big loss ! Jun 15, 2017 USD $ 14.26
Thato 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! Jun 15, 2017 R 514.10
Tanya I will miss seeing you on the road... Jun 15, 2017 USD $ 16.67
David Els . Jun 15, 2017 R 500.00
Wanderers Athletics Club Condolences to the family, a true running inspiration. Jun 15, 2017 R 514.10
martine I ran with you many times over the years and most recently at Comrades 2017 - you were truly inspirational! Jun 15, 2017 R 1 028.20
Cebile A true inspiration. A victoring spirit. A victoring man. Lala ngoxolo. Jun 14, 2017 R 154.23
Tarryn Heartsore but madly inspired by you Richard. Rest In Peace. Jun 14, 2017 R 210.00
Ashvin Jivan RIP - I ave run with many a time Jun 14, 2017 R 514.10
Tali Frankel Although I didn't know Richard, he is an inspiration. My heart goes out to his family and friends Jun 14, 2017 R 190.00
Tertia Love to your family in this difficult time. Jun 13, 2017 R 500.00
Simon Condolences Comrade Jun 13, 2017 R 1 028.20
Cindy and Doug Warren Thanks for the inspiration, Richard! Jun 13, 2017 R 719.74
Janine RIP and thank you for inspiring others. Jun 13, 2017 R 300.00
Carolyn Galvin Rest in peace, Richard. You were an inspiration, and I will always remember your story. Jun 13, 2017 R 1 542.30
natalie rip Jun 13, 2017 R 1 028.20
Stephanie R.I.P Richard. Comrades and Two Oceans won't be the same without you. Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Jun 13, 2017 R 514.10
Susan 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. Jun 13, 2017 R 110.00
Cocks family RIP Richard Jun 13, 2017 R 200.00
Carol-Ann Strength to your family. Jun 13, 2017 R 1 028.20
Sean Abraham Thank you for being such an inspiration, Richard. Jun 13, 2017 USD $ 82.19
Jamie Carroll Geez! How very tragic. Jun 13, 2017 R 497.74
Len DeMoss To a Fellow Comrades Runner. R.I.P Richard Jun 12, 2017 R 600.00
Nina God bless x Jun 12, 2017 R 514.10
V&A Bradford Such a sad loss. RIP Richard Jun 12, 2017 R 102.82
James Burton Such a sad tale. Jun 12, 2017 USD $ 31.56
Nicky So incredibly sad - he was an inspiration to us all! RIP Jun 12, 2017 R 514.10
Bronwyn Benians Tragic news of a man who was making a difference and an inspiration to many! Jun 12, 2017 USD $ 40.77
Becs xxx Jun 11, 2017 R 205.64
Joel Mitchell People, stop driving like dicks. Jun 11, 2017 USD $ 26.70
Juliette I hope that your bravery will live on through all the people knew you. Much love to your family. Jun 11, 2017 R 1 000.00
Monica So sad, RIP Richard Jun 11, 2017 R 514.10
Dee Blackie RIP Richard, you were an inspiration to us all! Jun 11, 2017 USD $ 40.64
Anthony Burns Terrible when we lose brave people. Jun 11, 2017 R 205.64
Katy sorry for your.loss Jun 11, 2017 R 205.64
Julie May this help a little in this stressful time. Jun 11, 2017 R 514.10
Penny Hill Such a huge loss - as an athlete and a courageous human being. Jun 11, 2017 R 102.82
Tama Rip Richard!!! Jun 11, 2017 R 102.82
Anonymous 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 Jun 11, 2017 R 514.10
Nonhlanhla Dlamini Yes Richard!It's all in you....Your disability will never stop you from achieving your dreams.... Apr 17, 2017 R 360.00
Anonymous God bless you and your family Apr 17, 2017 R 514.10
Nick Best of luck Apr 13, 2017 R 5 000.00
Steven Dewhurst You are such an inspiration Richard Mar 27, 2017 R 308.46
Kay and Gordie Best of luck. Mar 11, 2017 USD $ 219.80
Liz Henry You are a Super Hero Richard! Feb 24, 2017 R 257.05
Sharon and Luis Fly like the wind xxx Feb 16, 2017 R 51.41
Naisby & Jacobsen Proud of you Richard Feb 14, 2017 R 514.10
Andrew Hall Looking forward to a great challenge together Feb 13, 2017 R 308.46
Natalie and Warren Muir Wishlist no you all the best! You are a true inspiration Feb 10, 2017 R 514.10
Veronica and Anthony Bradford All of the best Richard Feb 10, 2017 R 102.82
Penny Hill With love and huge respect. Feb 10, 2017 R 51.41
Debbie Court Great job! Feb 10, 2017 R 100.00
Tama Happy running! Feb 10, 2017 R 51.41
Kay and Gordie Wishing you continued success! Feb 10, 2017 USD $ 78.57
Debbie Holland You are such an inspiration Feb 10, 2017 R 205.64
Des Soule So proud of you Richard Feb 10, 2017 R 102.82
Teegan Keep Inspiring! Feb 01, 2017 R 205.64
Bradfords All the best. You are an inspiration Jan 30, 2017 R 514.10
Lisa & Reg Good Luck and Keep Running Richard Jan 30, 2017 USD $ 78.31
Karen You are an inspiration Richard Jan 26, 2017 R 205.64
Louise D'Assonville Good luck Richard Jan 26, 2017 R 205.64
monica to get the ball rolling Jan 26, 2017 R 51.41
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Donations to date

R 53 378.42

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Richard the Blind Runner

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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.