For the last few weeks, our friends at Vitality have been running an exciting competition, rewarding you for walking, jogging, running and volunteering at parkrun. In fact, the more times you participate at parkrun, the more chance you have a winning a prize. Best of all, their star prize is a parkrun trip to South Africa!
In anticipation of the competition finishing next month and in light of the star prize, we take a look at three parkruns situated in Cape Town, South Africa!
First up is Rondebosch Common parkrun. This flat, two lap course takes place on a running track and is eye-catchingly positioned in the shadow of the impressive Devil’s Peak.
Currently, the event averages at around 800 parkrunners each week, with their biggest attendance of 1,032 taking place in February this year. The cafe even has breakfast specials available exclusively to parkrunners for a post-parkrun catch-up.
If history is more your thing, Greenpoint parkrun is situated next to Cape Town Stadium, constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and takes you, along with the 900+ other parkrunners, on a journey through the surrounding park and buildings.
As you weave your way past the iconic stadium and athletic track, you head out towards the Green Point lighthouse. This striking red and white building is the oldest solid lighthouse structure in South Africa and whilst it is no longer fueled by sperm whale oil, it still creates quite the parkrun picture!
Finally Century City parkrun is nestled in the suburbs of Cape Town. The course takes you across several elevated wooden bridges as you navigate the waterways and circle Intaka Island.
This unique island was developed in 1996 and today is a 16 hectare wetlands and bird sanctuary with over 177 species of indigenous plants and 120 species of birds. Since May 2016 the island inhabitants have been witness to parkrunners enjoying the views every Saturday morning and more recently have seen over 1,000 people each week.
If one of these events has caught your eye, it’s not too late to enter Vitality’s Walk.Jog.Run.Win! competition for a chance to win a selection of prizes and of course this amazing star trip!
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