The Happiest 5K on the Planet Runs to Marriott Rewards

Cape Town, 13th September 2016: For the first time, and continuing its love for lifestyle events, award winning loyalty programme Marriott Rewards has teamed up with “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”, The Color Run Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Mark Satterfield
Mark Satterfield

The Color Run is currently in its 5th year, and was founded to bring communities together and generally promote health and happiness. Since its debut, it has tripled in growth, with more than 200 events having been hosted in more than 50 countries, with upwards of 5 million runners taking part to date.

“Passionate communities are perhaps the ultimate examples of loyalty, and this is a perfect example of how Marriott Rewards partners with key lifestyle events all over the world to bring more unique lifestyle offerings to our members beyond the global member benefits that are part of the programme,” said Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer, Marriott International, Middle East & Africa.

Marriott Rewards has partnered with The Color Run to offer some amazing prizes in the lead up to The Color Run Jozi on 25th September.  20 entries will win 2 tickets each to participate in The Color Run Jozi, but the bigger prize is that all entries have a chance to win a four night stay in any of the participating Protea Hotels by Marriott® across South Africa!

Color Run
Color Run

It doesn’t stop there.  Marriott Rewards has also purchased more than 3000 beaded bracelets, made by 100% not-for-profit social enterprise Relate Bracelets, which will be distributed to participants at the event. The bracelets support the Rotary SafeWater Project – a fundraising arm of the Rotary Club of Sea Point, to raise funds to supply Lifestraw water filters to communities throughout Africa.

“This investment will provide much-needed Lifestraw units in communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town. These units filter 100,000 litres of contaminated water, which is enough to give 2000 individuals in need around 500ml of clean and safe drinking water per day for up to 3 years,” Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer, Marriott International, Middle East & Africa  explains.

To enter the competition and find out more about Marriott Rewards and The Color Run, please visit .

About Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report,, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit

About Protea Hotels by Marriott

Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the leading hospitality brand in Africa with a strategic footprint including 100 hotels throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others.  Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the winner of 7 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys, the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015, and the winner of the Hotels category in the Ask Afrika 2015/2016 Youth Brands Survey.  The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 19 brands that operate more than 4,500 hotels in 87 countries. For more information, visit

About Marriott International:

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise more than 56 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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