Run back in time

2015-04-30 14:47
Entries are now open for the Jive Slave Route Challenge to take place in Cape Town on Sunday 10 May.


Entries are now open for the Jive Slave Route Challenge to take place in Cape Town on Sunday 10 May. PHOTO: supplied

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Entries for the fifth annual Jive Slave Route Challenge (JSRC) to take place on Sunday 10 May, Mother’s Day, are now open.

This unique road running event is rich in heritage as the route takes you on a journey back into time, and caters for the seasoned athlete, novices and walkers.

There are four events to enter: 21.1km halfmarathon, 10km run, 10km big walk and 5km fun run/walk.

The “starter gun” will be the firing of the miniature canon at the Castle of Good Hope, while the race route will start from the City Hall in Darling Street. The race route goes through District Six, Gardens, the Company Gardens, Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Sea Point, Green Point Urban Park, Vandamp;A Waterfront, CBD. Runners go down Darling Street again to the finish line on the Grand Parade.

According to Fatima Allie, Jive Slave Route Challenge spokesperson, they are expecting more than 8500 participants from all over South Africa.

She says the race beneficiary this year is the District Six Museum.

Mohamed Kajee, president of the Lion of Africa Insurance Itheko Sport AC and organisers of the event, says it is a run down memory lane as the race route takes you through historical sites in Cape Town.

“We honour, pay tribute and celebrate the accomplishments and rich heritage of slaves and exiles, despite the challenges they faced,” says Kajee.

“We strive to make this the best race there is.”

Allie says each participant will receive a commemorative medal and a free koeksister or two or three on Koeksister Hill.

She believes all the participants at last year’s event said the event was fun and well-organised and that they would be back this year.

“I did the 10km run and then the 10km walk with my daughter, Courtney. We enjoyed it so much, even Koeksister Hill. She loved the Bo-Kaap, as she has never been there before. The Hill was a killer, but a joy and completely worthwhile,” says Yolanda Dell.

Another participant, Naseema Appleby, says: “I had an awesome time. You did a great job – controlling the traffic, marshals, water . . . everything! A well-planned event indeed.”

Those interested can enter online at www.topevents. until 2 May or in store at all Sportsmans Warehouse stores in and around Cape Town until 26 April

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