If you enjoy running events, a fun run every now and again, or just jogging in general, you should definitely consider getting involved in one of the numerous runs and fun physical activities in South Africa. Need to get into shape first? Start by finding treadmills and gym equipment for sale on Junk Mail.
Join a Parkrun
Parkrun is a free weekly event that happens every Saturday. The runs are limited to 5km and they are timed. The event is open to all people from all age groups from first time junior marathon runners to Olympians and even octogenarians.
What makes this a great run is that it is does not matter how fit or unfit you are, you have total freedom to walk through the entire run if that works best for you. Whatever you choose to do, the Parkrun will be a great opportunity to get a good workout while having fun and keeping your heart healthy.
You can also expect to meet a lot of new people as there are currently close to 600 000 registered park runners taking part in these events every Saturday across South Africa. If you would like to get involved in Parkrun, you can find out more about the event on the official Parkrun site.
Challenge yourself with Muddy Princess (no boys!)
Muddy Princess is another 5km race that will certainly give your heart a good workout. What makes this race quite interesting and unique is that it is only for women. Thousands of women take part in this run that consists of a muddy course, hence the name, ‘Muddy Princess’.
This is certainly not the type of race you want to take part in if you are afraid of getting your nails or your hair dirty. In this race you can expect to come out drenched in mud. Despite this, you can expect to have a lot of fun.
The race tends to start early in the morning. Unlike other events this is not a competition, there are no winners or losers and the event is not timed. The whole point of this fun run is to cross the finish line in your own time and have fun doing it.
With the muddy princess you can opt to run as an individual, or if you prefer running with a group of friends you can choose to enter the event as part of a team. Tickets for the running event cost between R290 for the early bird ticket to a R390 ticket.
Learn more and get involved by visiting http://www.muddyprincess.co.za/
Have fun with the Colour Run
The Colour Run is one the most famous running events in Cape Town. This is part of the global event that was founded on March 2011 primarily to promote healthy living and happiness among communities.
Because of this, this event adopted the name the, ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’. It’s not hard to believe that this is the happiest 5km run around.
If you have ever taken part in a Colour Run you will know that the majority of people running in the event will generally be smiling and happy. The moment you start the event you get a free white shirt and headband.
However, as with all free things there is always a catch. Once you start running you will realize that your new white shirt will be blasted with different colour powders by volunteers cheering you on.
You won’t be the only one experiencing this as people from all age groups take part in these running events. Everyone runs, walks, or either crawls and rolls, in a quest to get to the finish line while having the time of their lives.
Once you complete the race you get to go to the DJ booth where you get sprayed with even more colours. This is definitely a run you do not want to miss. If you want to find out more about Colour Run, events check out their official site for more details.
Take on the Warrior Race
The Warrior Race is one of those races you will want to enter if you are relatively fit. This is known as the largest obstacle course race series in South Africa and incorporates various grueling obstacles that will test both your physical fitness and mental strength.
There are three options which you can take for the Warrior Race. There is the rookie race which is a 5 km race with 15 obstacles for people aged 10 and older. As a second option you can choose to run the commando race, this is slightly more challenging, the overall race is 10km and you will be facing 20 obstacles. This race is only for people who are 13 years and older.
If you fancy yourself as a very fit individual then you can choose the black ops option. In the black ops race you will be expected to run through 30 obstacles over a 15km distance. This event is not for the faint-hearted and, as such, children under the age of 18 cannot partake in the black ops race.
Prices for each event vary depending on the option you choose, but you can generally expect to pay between R400 and R550. If you want to find out more about the Warrior Race you can visit their official site for more details at: http://advendurance.com/warrior/
Take part in the Impi Challenge
The Impi Challenge is another race that is filled with obstacles that are meant to challenge your physical and mental prowess. Much like the Muddy Princess, the Impi trail is also very muddy. In addition to the mud there are numerous obstacles on the trail to make your race more challenging.
There are a few entry categories depending on your fitness level which makes the race great for anyone looking for a good challenge to get super fit. You will find races from 1km to 18km depending on what you can run. If you want to find out more about the Impi Challenge, visit their official website.
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Jogging tips and getting fit
To prepare yourself for any running event, even just a fun run, you should be ready both mentally and physically. To get fit for a running event, whether on a treadmill or outdoors, you should follow these running tips:
- Loosen up while you run to reduce unnecessary tension and energy wastage.
- Speed up at the end while training to get better every time.
- Don’t forget to breathe!
- Get a good night’s sleep for a few nights before.
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If you are only looking for some jogging tips to get you through a jog or a casual running event, follow these tips:
- Find your jam – running with music can help keep you focused
- Stretch! – just because you aren’t gunning for 1st place does not mean you can’t be safe
- Pace yourself and pay attention to avoid overexertion
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