March Madness – Running Events In The City


2018 is in full swing which means we should all be on top of our New Year resolutions. But if not, it’s alright. Some things take a little longer to get the hang of… like running a full 5km without passing out because we just cannot catch our breath. And let’s not forget that painful side stitch! But keep training, you’ll get there. All it takes is a little practice and what better way to do so than by partaking in a few running events in the city. Here are a few for the month of March. Good luck!

Rietvlei ParkRun

Don’t feel like being too competitive? That okay, begin with a leisurely run at the Rietvlei ParkRun every Saturday from 08:00. And it’s free! To register, head to www.parkrun.co.za to get your unique barcode. We’ve also heard the Rietvlei Zoo Farm will also be hosting an Easter Festival Doggy Walk (5km & 2km) on Saturday, 31 March 2018. Dogs on a leash are welcome, so take your four-legged companion with you!

Date: Every Saturday morning.

Venue: Rietvlei Zoo Farm Johannesburg South.

Start time: 08:00

Pre-entries: It’s FREE but get your special barcode from www.parkrun.co.za when you register.

Special Zoo Trot

Join the Johannesburg Zoo for a 5km walk and/run through the Zoo to celebrate 114 years of world-class conservation management. Finishers of the trot will receive a special edition medal.

Date: Sunday, 11 March 2018

Venue: The Johannesburg Zoo, Parkview

Start time: 07:30

Entrance: R55 per person (normal zoo rates apply from 08:30)

Parking: Corner Jan Smuts Ave and Upper Park Drive

Thaba Nights – Trail Run

Thaba Nights is a Night Trail Run along the stunning Thaba Trails just next to the magnificent Thaba Eco Hotel and Spa – Mulbarton. Runners can choose between a 5km or 10km route and enjoy a challenging yet enjoyable run through the surrounding nature reserve. Keep your eyes out for the local wildlife such as Jackal, Porcupine, Zebra, Springbok, Wildebeest and much more. Stick around after the event for some giveaways, drinks and food.

Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Venue: Thaba Trails, Mulbarton.

Starting time: 19:30 – 10km and 19:35 – 5km

Entry Fee: 5km – R80 and 10km – R120. Register online.

Zwartkop Nite Race #4

You need experience a night run at least once, which is why we urge you to register and enter the Zwartkop Nite Race. This event is loads of fun! Finishers can choose between a medal or craft beer after they have completed the race, enjoy live entertainment, indulge in the best pizzas in town and even stand the chance of winning great lucky draw prizes on the night. You’ll also earn Vitality Point for this trail run.

Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Venue: Zwartkop Country Club, Zwartkops

Start time: All distances will start at 18h00 SHARP

Entry: 10km – R90 or 5km – R70. Enter here.

St Paddy’s Day Bush Pub Run

Who says you can’t drink and run at the same time? At this event, you certainly can! The Saint Paddy’s Day Bush Pub Run is an incredible annual event where avid runners (and beer lovers) participate in a 7km night trail run with four themed pubs on route. There will be awesome prizes for best dressed up for grabs, great music, good food and drinks available on the night. There’s no better way to celebrate this great Irish tradition than at this event! Headlamp or torch is compulsory.

Date: Friday, 16 March 2018

Venue: Huddle Park Golf & Recreation, Linksfield

Start time: 18:00

Tickets: Tickets cost R200 per person and are available at Webticket. Entry includes four complimentary drinks.

The Hollard Daredevil Run 2018

Gents, grab your Speedos and join the fight against cancer! It takes proper… *clears throat*… ‘guts’ to run through peak-hour traffic wearing nothing but a purple Speedo. But that’s nothing compared to surviving cancer, a disease that doesn’t recognise age, colour or body shape. To raise awareness of male cancers, men of all ages are challenged to slip into a purple Speedo and take to the streets for the eighth annual Hollard Daredevil Run, to help run cancer outta town! All proceeds from the run will be donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer awareness programmes and testing across South Africa. Join the 5K run with a difference, that makes a difference.

Date: Friday, 16 March 2018.

Venue: Zoo Lake Sports Club, Parkview.

Start time: 15:00 – 18:00

Tickets: Get your tickets at www.daredevilrun.com.

Toyota #Warrior3

The third Warrior of the 2018 series will be taking place at Tierpoot Adventure Farm. This exciting two-day event will be hosting all three of the traditional races: 15km Black Ops with 35 obstacles, 10km Commando with 22 obstacles, 5km Rookie with 15 obstacles and also two days of Reebok sprint races.

Date: Saturday, 17 – Sunday, 18 March 2018

Venue: Tierpoot Adventure Farm

Tickets: Get your tickets here.

K-Way Gallopers 15km Road Race

If you enjoy road running, then make sure you register for the K-Way Gallopers. This is the perfect race if you’re looking to test your limits and see how far you’ve come in your training. Register online at ChampionChip website (online entry end date is 12 March 2018) or do your entry manually at Sweat Shop – Dunkeld (011 325 2567) and Sweat Shop – Bedfordview (011 450 2421). Entries are also available at most CGA races (look for Gallopers Gazebo).

Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018

Venue: Laerskool Leondale (Cnr Gousblom & Wildebeest Str ) Leondale

Start time: 07:00 (15km), 07:15 (5km)

Pre-entries (closing date: 12 March 2018):

  • 15km – R90
  • 15km 60 yrs+ – R45
  • 5km – R40
  • 5km 60yrs+ – R20
  • Late entry add R10
  • Temp. License (15km only) – R20

Kings Kloof Paradise Trail

It’s the race everybody’s been waiting for! Kings Kloof Paradise Trail is here featuring beautiful valleys, river crossings, natural water pools, mountain terrain, spectacular views, rocky technical tracks, endurance testing uphills and much more. It’s home to a variety of fauna and flora and forms part of the Crocodile Ramble, a tourist route that runs along the Crocodile River. Enter here.

When: Sunday, 18 March 2018.

Where: Kings Kloof Trail, Laurentia Farm, Oaktree, Muldersdrift.

Time: Registration from 05:00 onwards

Distances: (available for runners and walkers)

  • 25km – R190 – Starts at 07:00 – 3 Waterpoints
  • 18km – R170 – Starts at 07:10 – 3 Waterpoints
  • 12km – R140 – Starts at 07:20- 1 Waterpoint
  • 6km – R110 – Starts at 07:30- 1 Waterpoint
  • R20 surcharge for late entries at the venue.
  • All distances are on different trails. No laps.

Jaguars Athletic Club 21km, 10km & 5km Fun Run

Take your pick from three distance options: 21.1km; 10km or 5km fun run. Pre-entries close on 18 March 2018 so make sure you register online at EntryTime EnterOnline. And if you miss the entry deadline, that’s okay as you can still register and enter from 4:30 at the venue on the day.

Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Venue: Ennerdale Ext 9 Sports Ground, corner Town Road and Katz Street.

Start time: 21.1km: 06:00, 10km race/walk: 06:15, 5km Fun Run: 06:30

Pre-entries (closing 18 Mar 2018): 

  • 21.1km – R114
  • 21.1km Grandmaster 60 Yrs+ – R57
  • 10km – R 91
  • 10km Grandmasters 60 Yrs+ – R57
  • 5km Fun Run – R40

Vaal Mall 15km Challenge

Spend your Human Rights Day at the Vaal Mall 15km Challenge! There’s no online registration, just lace up and pitch up on the day to enter. Choose from either a 15km, 10km or 5km fun run depending on what you’re comfortable with!

Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Venue: Vaal Mall, Barrage Road, Vanderbijlpark

Start times: 06:00

Distances & Entry Fees:

  • 15km – R70
  • 10km – R50
  • 5km fun run – R20
  • Temp. License – R50

Germiston Night 8km & 4km Trail Run

There’s nothing more thrilling than a long trail run. Well, actually there is… a night trail run! Our surroundings look totally different by night and it’s something you need to experience at least once in your running adventures. Make sure you register and enter the Germiston Night Trail Run (8km & 4km) online at www.entrytime.com. Closing date is 22 March 2018.

Date: Friday, 23 March 2018.

Venue: Germiston Country Club, Rand Airport Road, Germiston, Johannesburg.

Start time: 19:00

Pre Entries (closing 22 Mar 2018):

  • 8km – R 75
  • 8km 60 Yrs+ – R22
  • 8km Kids Under 13 Yrs Includes A Medal – R22
  • 4km – R75 
  • 4km 60 Yrs+ – R22 
  • 4km Kids Under 13 Yrs Includes A Medal – R22
  • Late entries: R100 per person on the day

Catch Me If You Can Superwoman Run 

Celebrate the Superwoman in you! Lace up and head to the exclusive Superwomen Run at Berario Recreation Centre in Randburg in celebration of International Women’s Month. Please note, this event is for women only! Enter here.

Date: Saturday, 24th March 2018

Venue: Berario Recreation Center, 181 Dolores Ave, Berario, Randburg, Johannesburg

Start time: 07:00

Distances: 5km / 8km (both routes are beginner friendly)

Merrell Autumn Night Run

Don’t forget to enter this midweek evening fun in the park. Take a friend along with you, as well as your headlamp and enjoy night time fun, post-race drinks and dinner at Delta Cafe for prizegiving with lots of lucky draws. Make sure you dress up as BRIGHT and LUMO as you can. GLOW in the dark, wear NEON, anything… just be sure to dazzle! There will be well marked and marshalled routes into the park starting and finishing at Delta Cafe.

Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Venue: Delta Cafe with routes going into Delta Park

Start time: 18:30

Distance: 5km and 8km

Online entry fee: R105 – 5km / R125 – 8km. Online Entries at entrytickets.net. On the day entries available with a late entry fee. Snapscan facility available on the day.

36th Randburg Harriers Easter 100

If you’re a long distance runner looking to put your training and endurance to the test, then make sure you register and enter the 36th Randburg Harriers Easter 100. This running event takes place over three days from the 30 March 2018 to the 1 April 2018 (AKA Easter Weekend), from the Randburg Sports Complex. The event schedule is as follows: Day 1 – 48km, Day 2 – 32km, Day 3 – 20km. That’s a total of 100km in three days (hence the name of the event). Pre-entries will be accepted at Randburg Harriers Clubhouse between 17:30 and 19:00 on the following Thursdays: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th March 2018. And if you miss those dates, entries on run days will open at 04:30.

Dates: Friday, 30 March 2018 – Sunday, 01 April 2018.

Venue: Randburg Sports Complex, corner Republic Road and Silver Pine Avenue, Randburg.

Start times: 06:00 on each day

Distances & Entry Fees:

  • Friday, 30th March = 48 km – R150
  • Saturday, 31st March = 32 km – R120
  • Sunday, 1st April = 20 km – R80
  • Entry fee for all three days – R300

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