The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) is hosting the next event in its urban trail run series on 7 April 2019. The challenge is open to experienced and new runners from all across Cape Town, on a beautiful trail through Bellville’s public green spaces. Launched at the end of last year, the GTP Urban Trail Run traces a route starting in Tielman Marais Park, through Jack Muller Park and up to Tyger Valley, linking and activating Bellville’s green spaces.
The event features a 5-kilometre family run and a more arduous, challenging 14-kilometre run. Most of the route is off the tarmac, offering participants a chance to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings in the heart of the city. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each category and exciting lucky draw prizes will be on offer during the day. Every runner will receive a water-wise plant as a medal in recognition of their participation.
Warren Hewitt, GTP CEO explains the principle behind the GTP Urban Trail Run: “Quality public spaces are an important component in building cohesive urban communities. We want to see people using the natural green areas in our city every day, and not only on special event days. The GTP Urban Trail is a great way to introduce people to the green spaces that Bellville has to offer.”
Bellville has 236 661 square metres of green parks. Tielman Marais Park is one link in the green chain of parks in Bellville that connect Elizabeth Park to Jack Muller Park and the green spaces leading to the Doordekraal Dam, behind Willowbridge.
Entrance to the Bellville Urban Trail is R60 per runner for the 5km event, and R100 per runner for the 14km event. Each entrant is asked to bring old and unused running gear and other clothes, which will be donated to local charities to bring dignity and care to the more vulnerable in our community. A percentage of the proceeds of the Bellville Urban Trail will be used to maintain and upgrade the running route to ensure maximum enjoyment for everyone in the future.
After the event, the urban trail route will remain open for runners, walkers and strollers who want good quality, safe running, walking and leisure routes in their city. Food trucks and other stalls will be available on the day, selling food, drink and other goodies. Participants can register for the event on Quicket here.
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About the GTP
The GTP is a not-for-profit company, established in August 2012 with a mandate to make the Greater Tygerberg region one of most inclusive, vibrant and economically prosperous areas to live, work, invest and play in Cape Town. The GTP’s primary focus in on reinvigorating the growth and development of Bellville into a leading African city. The GTP is guided by three key goals, which are to: stimulate a 24-hour economy; build physically and virtually connected communities; and facilitate an urban transition to an inclusive, vibrant and economically prosperous area.
The GTP is a partnership between the private and public sectors, academia and civil society.