It’s All About The parkrun, Baby


If there is one thing that is quite popular in Johannesburg, it’s running. The jogging community in Jozi is so big that it’s branched into something called parkrun. Not too sure what it is? No sweat – w e’ll set you straight in no time. 

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There’s an urban myth making the rounds, stating that Johannesburg is the largest man-made forest in the world. This is something made up by drunk guys around a braai on a Friday night. And like many rumours, it’s spread the country over.

But Jozi does boast a lot of pretty cool parks. From Zoo Lake to Westdene Dam, and everything in between, we don’t have a shortage of picnic spots. But lately these formerly picnic-only zones have become the home of another Joburg staple – the jogger.

Parkrun – as the community is known – organise weekly, 5 km timed runs around the city. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Some notable parkruns would be Delta Park in Victory Park (which is also a prime mountainbiking spot), the Lonehill Park Dam, and the Woodlands Office Park. All you need to do to join in is to register on the official parkrun website. On the site you will also find details about events taking place in your area. These runs are spread all across the city, and country for that matter.

Discovery Vitality members, 18 years and older, can earn 300 points for participating in a parkrun event. Visit the Discovery website for more information. It is a partnered initiative by the financial services group to invest in grassroots  athletics events to further healthy living in South Africa.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been on a Parkrun before? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below. Thinking of getting into shape or looking for a new challenge? Then share this link on social media with your friends and family. 

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