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Running in the face of the crisis...thriving in the next chapter of our running journey

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

The world has shifted, our goals may have to be adjusted, but remaining healthy still remains one of our top priorities. As runners, we rely heavily on our mental power and now more than ever, we need to use this inner power, to help us ride the storm.

So with the pandemic causing most races to cancelled, South Africa runners, needed to look at new avenues to get their running thrills met. Intro, the garden challenges, and we definitely bore witness to some real innovation.

Next in line, were our organisers, whom for many, had to venture off into unknown territory. Intro, the virtual runs. First to line up was the Comrades Virtual Run, where we saw 1000s of runners take to the streets to complete this iconic event.

So, what lies ahead for us runners (definitely, a non-exhaustive list)?

Joburg North City Marathon

Upcoming attraction - Joburg North City Marathon

Run Zone's Joburg North City Marathon is hosting their virtual race on 1st and 2nd August 2020. 

Up next is the In-Reach Run (5km)  

Join our Strava club and climb up the leaderboard. This run is hosted for the entire month of August.

Challenge: run as many 5kms as you want to - the aim is for you to run your absolute best time.

Cape Town Marathon

Following suit is the Cape Town marathon - virtual addition - grab yourself a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km Peace run/walk entry from 18 October 2020. Look out for more information on their various online handles. 

For the love of trails - South African Trails are the best

Not sure what the upcoming months will hold for us, we wait in anticpatation and with hope. Some upcoming trail races worth mentioning:

KZN Mountain Trail Series: 5 Epic mountain marathon race series 

Karkloof 100 Miler race

Karkloof 100: one of my personal favourites in South Africa, set to take place in Karkloof, KZN on the 25 - 27 September 2020 (optimistic fingers crossed). The race offers both a 100 miler and 50 miler distances.  What really draws me back to this race each year, is the fact the route provides lots of access points for family and friends. Providing you with that much-needed love and support through the race. Also, the spectacular views of valleys and the Karkloof forest reserve, add to the beauty of this race. The fast runnable route, makes it a great option for anyone attempting there first 100 miler or 50 miler event.

Skyrun Mountain Race

SkyRun: The iconic Skryrun will take place on 25 November 2020, in Ladygrey. The self-supported and self-navigated trail running event offering a 100km, 65km and 38km distances. If your looking for a true adventure this is your race.

Ultra Trail Cape Town

Ultra-Trail Capetown: takes place on the pristine trails of beautiful Table Mountain. This ultra-trail world series race offers 100km, 65km, 35km and 21km options. Expect to have a very competitive field with tight cut-offs.

Take on an FKT Challenge: Fastest Known Time 

13 Peaks FKT

Take on Table Mountain. The route covers approximately 108km and includes 6500m of vertical gain. You can do this adventure as a one-day/three day, at your convenience. Tackle it solo or in a group.

George FKT: This challenge entails summiting the following 6 Peaks in one day and moving on foot between the various peaks from the start to the finish:

Vensterberg - 1287m Losberg - 823m Cradock Peak- 1578m George Peak - 1337m Tierkop - 778m Groenkop - 635m

Not sure what the upcoming months will hold for us, we wait in anticipation and with hope. Some upcoming trail races worth mentioning:

Join our Facebook Group Running Motivation South Africa to stay engaged with an inspiring community of runners.  Need help preparing for your next race or adventure. Speak to Corne Van Zyl on 0769842980 or click here for more info on our run coaching methodology.

I hope you will find these resources useful! Here's to your success.

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Awesome article..thanks coach! Great innovation ideas to keep us healthy and active!

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