Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 156 Issue 156 - Feb 2023 | Page 34


Trust Me , I can Do This

There was no fanfare when Zubayr Isaacs quietly crossed the finishline of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon last October in just under five and a half hours , but those who know his story will understand just how momentous his run was . And they will also understand just how proud , and relieved , his mother , Lameez Isaacs , was , when she finished half an hour later . You see , this young man is autistic , and finishing a marathon by himself was another big step in his remarkable journey since taking up running in 2017 . ( Note : The interviews for this article were split between a group chat with Lameez and Zubayr together , and other parts were done individually .
Their answers have been intermingled in the article .) – BY SEAN FALCONER
Images : Action Photo SA & courtesy Lameez Isaacs
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