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marathonRunning is a great sport. Not only do you get to be outside, it’s also one of the activities that burns the most calories per hour, making it a great way to stay fit and healthy. Running is especially great for your cardiovascular system, giving you a strong heart. It’s also great for your head, because running causes your body to release endorphins, your body’s naturally occurring feel-good hormone. One of the best things about running is that it’s a relatively cheap sport to get into, and anyone can do it. It’s also a social sport, with many fun runs organised all around South Africa. We take a look at some of the fun runs happening in major centres during November and December.

Before you head out though, just check in with your doctor that you’re good to go, and if you’ve never run before, take it slow. Don’t increase your distance by more than 10% per week, and rest when you’re tired. This will ensure your body gets proper time to recover, lower your risk of injury, and enable you to enjoy running for many years.

JO’BURG:
November
Friday, 18 November 2016
Reading Country Club 10 & 5km Night Race Reading Country Club
Contact: Shane Gouldie – 0825731298

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 Peacock Night Run 10 & 5 km
Benoni Country Club
Contact: Shane Gouldie – 0823329552

Sunday, 27 November 2016
RAC City Lodge Tough One 32km & Asics FIVE
Old Parktonians Club
Contact: Vreni Welch – 011 442 8256, or email randathletic@iafrica.com

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
K-Way Serengeti Night Run/Walk
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate
Contact: Shane Gouldie – 0823329552

December
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Orlando Half Marathon, 10 km & 5km Fun Run
Orlando Communal Hall
Contact: Sibongile Maruto – 0739442571

Friday, 16 December
Wobblers & Wigglers Hat Race Fun Run Pirates Club
Contact: Hennie Booysen – 0828010924

Park Run:
If you’re keen to see how fast you can go, the popular Park Run series gives you the opportunity to pit it out against the clock over 5km. Despite the timed nature of the events, the vibe is still super friendly. Events are held every week all over the country, so check parkrun.co.za for details of your an event near you.

CAPE TOWN:
November
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Mitchells Plain Half Marathon, 10km Run & 5km Fun Run
Rocklands Sports Grounds – Mitchells Plain
Contact: Lance Scheepers – 076 245 5872, or email lan- ce.scheepers@gmail.com

Saturday, 19 November 2016
5km & 15km Klaas Maffa Road Race
Huguenot Monument – Franschhoek
Contact: Nolan Hendon – 072 785 6529, or email nolanh@vodamail.co.za

Saturday, 26 November 2016
Edgemead Classic 10km Run & Fun Run
Edgemead High School
Contact: Stephen Roux – 0824330230, or email raceconven- er@edgemeadrunners.crg.za

December
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Beachcomber Race Against Crime 15km Run, 10km Run & 5km Fun Run
Strandfontein Pavilion Spine Rd
Contact: Walter Jaftha – 0828691898, or email walterjaftha23@gmail.com

Friday, 16 December 2016
The RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Day 10km Run & Fun Run
NY 49 Stadium – Gugulethu
Contact: Thobile Ndzube – 0733182563, or email gndzube@yahoo.com

Saturday, 31 December 2016
Runner’s Memorial Fun Run
Mouille Point Lighthouse, Mouille Point
Contact: Stephan Roux – 0824330230, or email raceconven- er@edgemeadrunners.crg.za

Park Run:
If you’re keen to see how fast you can go, the popular Park Run series gives you the opportunity to pit it out against the clock over 5km. Despite the timed nature of the events, the vibe is still super friendly. Events are held every week all over the country, so check parkrun.co.za for details of your an event near you.

DURBAN & BLOEMFONTEIN:
Sadly there’s not a lot going on in Durban and Bloemfontein over the November/December period in terms of fun runs, but you can join the popular Park Run series that’s held every weekend all over the country, including a number of venues in and around the Durban and Bloemfontein areas. Despite the timed nature of the events, the vibe is still super friendly.
Check parkrun.co.za for details of your an event near you.

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