Join thousands of sole-mates at the Outsurance 94.5KFM Gun Run, which takes place in October each year! The 2019 edition takes place on Sunday, 20 October. This is one of Cape Town’s most popular races, attracting around 20,000 eager runners across routes of various lengths that cater to all fitness levels, from the 5km Fun Run to the 21km half marathon. Those fit (and brave) enough to take on the half marathon challenge are treated to incredible views of the Atlantic Seaboard along the way.
The Gun Run features 21km, 10km, and 5km routes. The 21km half marathon takes runners along the scenic sea front from the Waterfront through Greenpoint, Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. This race attracts high quality fields and more experienced amateur runners, but there are also plenty of first-timers. If a half marathon slog isn’t your thing, the 10km and 5km are much easier on the legs. Staggered start times mean that the runners from all three categories reach the finish line at around the same time, adding to the festive atmosphere.
The fun doesn’t end at the finish line, and after your race you can kick off your running shoes and soak in the vibe of the Kfm 94.5 music stage or recharge with something delicious from one of the many food stalls around the finish venue. Family, friends and supporters are most welcome and the site is family friendly, with a kids play area to keep the little ones busy, and plenty of toilets. There’s also the excitement of the traditional firing of a battlefield gun to mark the end of the race, prize giving and a lucky draw open to all race participants. You could also explore the surrounding neighbourhood of Green Point or the trendy V&A Waterfront, which is nearby. Both are packed with options to sate your post-race thirst or reward yourself at some of the finest restaurants in Cape Town.
How to enter the Gun Run
You can download entry forms and enter online via the Cape Town Gun Run website. You don’t need to be a member of a running club to enter. Entries close on 8 October 2019.
Around 20,000 runners take to the streets for the race and to accommodate these eager athletes (and for everyone’s safety), there will be some road closures along the route. If you’re planning on driving through the area on the morning of the race, have a look at the road closures on their website.
Tips for runners before the race
Unless you’re on the Banting bandwagon, you’re probably going to want to do a little carbo-loading ahead of the race. No one does carbs better than the Italians, and Cape Town has a number of fantastic restaurants where you can get your pasta fix.
Posticino in Sea Point, with its generous portions and reasonable prices, is a firm favourite. If you’re in Gardens, you’ll want to try Nonna Lina, which offers up thin-based wood-fired pizzas and pasta with a Sardinian twist. For a quick bite to eat, pop in to one of the many Col’Cacchio restaurants – the founding branch in the Foreshore is a good bet, and they even have a selection of Banting meals! You can’t go wrong with the pizzas at Burrata in Woodstock (they are baked in just 90 seconds in a super hot oven), and, as the recipient of the 2016 Eat Out Best Italian Eatery award, Il Leone Mastrantonio in Green Point is not likely to disappoint.
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