Botha overcomes the odds to pursue his love for mountain biking

Seen here:  Nathan Botha crossing the finish line at the 2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic.

Photo Credit:  Jetline Action Photo

Although diagnosed with a heart defect at the age of two, Nathan Botha, a 16 year old mountain biking enthusiast from Hoërskool Florida (Roodepoort) will be back in action at the 2019 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. This year however he will share the experience with friends from school.

In 2005 Nathan was diagnosed with Coarctation of the Aorta, a congenital heart defect involving a narrowing of the aorta.  This narrowing restricts the amount of oxygen-rich blood that can travel to the lower part of the body.

According to Nathan’s mother, Amanda Botha, the same week of diagnosis, Nathan underwent a four-hour operation to repair the coarctation.  “He was placed on blood pressure medication for one year to stabilise the blood flow in the repaired aorta. He has since been going to the paediatric cardiologist for annual check- ups and in October 2017, they found that he had developed a 46mm aneurysm on the ascending aorta. He is currently on blood pressure medication to prohibit this aneurysm from getting bigger.”

A paediatric cardiologist performed a Stress ECG to establish the heart rate zones that Nathan can exercise in.  Nathan trains with a heart rate monitor and data is sent to his training coach for evaluation. His coach is aware of his medical condition and adjusts the power zones accordingly.

“I really enjoy the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic,” says Nathan.  “This year my school friends will also be participating.  I will line up for the Half Marathon.  I really enjoy the downhills and seeing the finish line.  From past experience I can say that the route has lots of climbs and rocky terrain.  My MTB achievements since the 2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic include a first place at the 2019 Jackal Dash MTB Race where I rode 40km in a time of 1:25 minutes.  I participated at the 2019 Delta Dash MTB six hour endurance challenge in a team of three.  We took 2nd place, completing 23 laps.  My goal at the 2019 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic will be to better my 2018 finishing time of 02 hours 01 minute.”

EVENT INFORMATIONFNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic

Date: Saturday, 01 June 2019
Venue: ATKV Buffelspoort
Distances & Entry Fee: Marathon / +-65km / R430.00
Half Marathon / +-33km / R325.00
Fun Ride / +-15km / R200.00
  Kids Event / 2.5km / R100.00 / Kids 6 years and older

The first 1000 mountain bikers to enter (and pay – Marathon/Half Marathon/Fun Ride) will receive an official event t-shirt.  All event finishers will receive a medal (Kids Event included).

EVENT INFORMATIONFNB Platinum Trail Run

Date: Sunday, 02 June 2019
Venue (start & finish): ATKV Buffelspoort
Distances & Entry Fee: Long / +-24km / R340.00
Medium / +-12km / R240.00
Short / +-8km / R150.00
Kids Event / 2.5km / R100.00 / Kids 9 years and older

The first 1000 trail runners to enter (and pay – Long/Medium/Short) will receive an official event t-shirt.  All event finishers will receive a medal (Kids Event included).

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For more information on the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic or FNB Platinum Trail Run contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.

About the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the FNB Platinum Trail Run:

FNB is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the annual FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the FNB Platinum Trail Run.

This sponsorship forms part of FNB’s ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on healthy lifestyle activities and family involvement. We pride ourselves in creating memorable experiences that exceed expectation, for all participants and spectators along with their families with the aim of creating enduring rewarding relationships

ENDS

Issued by:                        NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                  STILLWATER SPORTS

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