Get ready for Twilight Team Run madness

2012-11-26 11:49
 Cape Town - It’s the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Team Run and thousands people are wondering what weird outfits they’ll wear as they run, walk, skip and dance through Cape Town’s streets for a good cause.

Entries have been streaming in for this extraordinary event, where there are no medals and prizes are awarded for the best dressed, rather than the fastest runner.

First held in 1982, the Twilight Team Run has since become a Cape Town institution, marking the unofficial start of the Festive Season. The first year it attracted 600 runners. This year 20 000 people from all walks of life are expected to participate.

Many companies use the event as a team-building exercise or year-end celebration and executives line up alongside cleaners, accountants and factory workers. Families and friends get together to enter teams as do municipal departments and NGOs.

Most dress up in outlandish outfits ensuring the event is a much a spectacle as demonstration of support for the Community Chest.

“It is one of our largest and most popular fundraising events” says organiser Greg Damster. “The money we raise is used to support some 400 community development organisations across the Western Cape. These provide care for children, families, the elderly, the homeless, the physically and mentally challenged, people living with HIV/AIDS and those undergoing rehabilitation.”

The entrance fee is R200 for a team, whether it comprises four or six members and R50 for individuals. There is no limit to the number of teams a company can enter.

The Twilight Team Run starts at the Grand Parade at 19h00 on 4 December and winds through the city centre for 4.5km before arriving back at the Parade. Teams are advised to arrive early as the judging for the best dressed starts at 17:00.

Entry forms are available online at or from the Community Chest at 82 Bree Street Cape Town.

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