Watch me rise

DJ Run

Here you will find all the information regarding DJ Run 2023. Thank you for helping us spread awareness of the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

Gear Up!

Spread awareness while you move for mental health.

Click below to visit our store and get your exclusive DJ Run 2023 T-shirt.


Event Overview

Need to know

Event Information

Six Years!

2023 is our sixth annual DJ Run! We are so proud of the incredible community that has formed around this event. 

What started as two friends honoring the memory of a dear friend has grown into a movement that has spanned continents and helped save lives.

Together we can make a difference and we are eager for YOU to play a role in the bright future ahead of DJ Run and Watch Me Rise.


Following previous years, we have a personal goal of 34km for each participant. This is in commemoration of Derrick Kropman (DJ), the event’s namesake, who would have been 34 in 2023 had he not passed.



15 November 2023 00:00


19 November 2023 23:59

Virtual event:

The event will not be taking place in a singular location. You can therefore participate from wherever you are in the world.

We will be integrating with Strava to track everyone’s exercise submissions. See the frequently asked questions below or contact us if you are having trouble or need more information.


  • All forms of exercise are allowed.
  • Activities will be pulled from Strava. Activities can be tracked in the Strava mobile App, synced to Strava via a supported connected device, or manually entered on the Strava App or website.
  • Only exercises within the dates and times of the event will count.


We are raising funds for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), an organisation that supports mental health.  We believe that they are making a big difference in providing support to those who need it. If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to donate, click here.


Register Now

If you would like to participate in this year’s event, click below to visit Impactphil and register for DJ Run 2023.

Get your DJ Run 2023 shirts


Go to our online shop to order your official DJ Run 2023 t-shirts and vests, or download our DJ Run 2023 artwork for free which you can send to your local apparel printing store to print your own t-shirt.

There is a minimum price for each item, but you will be able to increase this price if you would like to donate as all profits will be going to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

Show your support on social media

Social media artwork

Show your support by sharing this event with your network!
Click the button below to view and download the image that you can use as your Facebook cover photo.


2023 Results

Click below to see the statistics for DJ Run 2023.


2022 Highlights

In 2022, we had 98 Participants, from 8 countries, who covered 2895km, and dedicated 19998min to our cause. We also raised donations for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. 
We are so grateful for your support and proud of everyone who participated and contributed their time and effort to make this possible.
With your help, we are confident that we will continue to grow our community and reach even more people in our campaign to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention this year. 

Get your training plan

Below you can go to the training challenge page to download your free 8-week half marathon training plan with a calendar included.

Getting ready for this year's DJ Run

Training challenge

This is a free 8-week half-marathon training plan with a calendar and detailed descriptions of what you need to do every day. 

If you have never run a half marathon before, or if you have and just need to get in shape again, this is a great way to get yourself ready for this year’s DJ Run.


Frequently asked questions

Click “Participate” at the top of this page. You will be redirected to the DJ Run page on, once there, click “Register” and follow the prompts to register for ImpactPhil, DJ Run 2023, and connect your Strava account.

Strava is an American internet service for tracking physical exercise which incorporates social network features. It is mostly used for cycling and running using Global Positioning System (GPS) data.

We use your activities in Strava as entries in the DJ Run event. This makes it easier for you as you just need to track your activity as normal in Strava.

If you prefer not to use Strava, or if you are running with a dependent, there will also be the option to manually add activities on your profile page after you have logged into your account.

You can track your event entries by simply tracking your activity in Strava as normal, this will occur automatically once you link your Strava account to your profile.

Or you can add your activities manually on your profile page. 

This is a virtual event, so you can participate from anywhere in the world.

Even though the name of the event is DJ Run, any form of exercise for which you can track duration and/or distance will be allowed.

The event will run from 00:00 (CAT) on the morning of 15 November 2023 until 23:59 (CAT) on the night of 19 of November 2023. Only activities entered during these times will count.

If you are not able to participate in the event, we also offer a donation option.

We are raising funds for The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). SADAG is a Mental Health NGO and we believe that they are making a big difference by providing support to those who need it. If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to donate, click here.

You do not need to complete the 34km goal in one run. The event entries will be cumulative, which means that all of your activity entries within the event dates will count towards your total. 

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Reach out

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to one of the many free resources available.

24-hour toll-free emergency helplines

Suicide crisis helpline: 0800 567 567

CIPLA mental health helpline: 0800 456 789 / SMS 32312

Substance abuse helpline: 0800 12 12 14

More helplines are available at

Visit for more resources