Aaaahhhh, Cape Town. Travelling to the Mother City just never gets old: The beauty, the vibe, the people… What’s not to love?
Packing for a trip to Cape Town also couldn’t be simpler: Running gear first, everything else second. Because honestly, how can one be surrounded by such beauty and not run? Problem is: Where do you go? Fear not. We found three fun, (mostly) free runs that will not only showcase Cape Town’s beauty and diversity, but might also just land you a new running bestie:
The Green Point parkrun. Starting every Saturday at 08:00 a.m., this 5 km run will take you on a traffic-free, stroller-friendly route past some of Green Point’s most famous landmarks, including the Green Point Stadium and Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden. Starting in Vlei Road, this timed run has a fun, lively vibe, with runners meeting at a nearby coffee shop for jokes and java afterwards. Be sure to register before showing up and remember your barcode.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Running Route. This self-guided route offers two distance options: 5 km and 2.5 km. Both loops are clearly marked with blue and white route markers and offer runners magnificent views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Green Point Stadium. Be sure to grab a copy of the route map at the Information Kiosk before heading out, and avoid running at peak times if large crowds aren’t your thing.
Run Cape Town’s Gugs Runs. Okay, so this one isn’t free. But R50 (at time of publishing) gets you a running tour guide plus an experience that you’ll never forget – a steal, right? Taking place once a month, on a Saturday, at pre-arranged times, this guided 10 km run starts at Mzoli’s Place and winds through the streets of Guguletu. And don’t worry; a back-up vehicle is on standby should you not feel up to covering the entire distance on foot. Check Run Cape Town’s Facebook page for details on the next Gugs run.
There you have it: Three fun places to run on your next visit to Cape Town. See you there!
Written | Photography By Karien Potgieter