Early in the morning
calm madness of the 2nd of Novemeber, I will officially be running the Nike Soweto Half Marathon. The annual event offers a full (42,2 km), half (21,1 km) and 10 km routes, providing varying options for beginners to advanced runners. Starting at the Nasrec Expo Centre this year, the routes are geared to celebrate and present the area’s landmark sites, from Chris Hani Baragwanth Hospital to the Walter Sisulu Square. While Cape Town presents mountains and dense greenery in its trails, the Soweto Marathon brings to life the essence of this city, people and community. Something to really look forward to in November.
Running, is something that I find to be challenging yet completely freeing. It is a pastime that I continue to persist in my everyday lifestyle. Half Marathons and race events are pivotal to the running enthusiast, I thought it was only apt to be running Joburg’s biggest event in Soweto. Sign up as soon as possible, before registration closes. Actually, just sign up today.
Training Routes and Race Day Practice
Training is essential. Run as much as you can, challenge yourself, run faster and run further. Let your body rest in between. I am going to attempt to run as much as possible and hopefully explore some other areas of the City on foot too. Here are some routes and venues for local training.
The best routes are sometimes the one’s that others have created in their areas. Take a look at some of the road routes in Johannesburg on Map my Run.
Park Run facilitates many Joburg Park Runs and is coordinated by volunteers. Registration with Park Run will help you get signed up and involved in all the runs around the City of Gold’s best parks.
The Delta Park Run is a weekly 5km run that challenges you to keep beating your previous time, it’s you against the clock. Every Saturday at 08:00am.
If you live the East, The Modderfontein Reserve also has a timed 5km run in the beautiful expanse of a nature reserve. Every Saturday at 8:00am.
Local trail runing can put your fitness to the test, try the Braamfontein Spruit Trail (Spruit), an 18km route from Emmarentia to Witkoppen.
Prominent events might be the best chance to get some distance in before race day. Such as the the Ladies 10km Spar run in October (if you’re a lady that is).
Happy Running. Image Courtesy of The Nike Soweto Marathon.