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Honouring the heritage through the Slave Route Challenge 2017

2017-04-28 14:06


The popular Slave Route Challenge will take place on 14 May 2017, where runners will take to the streets of Cape Town in commemoration of the city's heritage.

This event is presented by the Itheko Sport Athletic Club, supported by Metropolitan as the official sponsor. Race entrants are taken through the heart of Cape Town on a route specifically designed to pass historically significant landmarks such as The Castle of Good Hope, the Whipping Post, Old Slave Church, the Iziko Slave Lodge and the Slave Tree Plaque – all of which are important reminders of the history and legacy of the city.

One of the highlights of the route happens at the top of the Bo-Kaap hill where runners are met with friendly local community members who supply freshly made Cape Malay Koeksisters for a boost in both energy and moral reward.  The colourful buildings and city bowl views make for a great run through this well-known suburb.

The theme for this year’s race, I Run This, brings light to key Cape Town community members and their efforts to lead inspirational and successful lives such as radio DJs Carissa Cupido, Maka Tanga and Seano Loots.

Head of Brand at Metropolitan, Llewellyn Allen says that their sponsorship of the Slave Route Challenge is in line with their goal to support purpose-driven community initiatives: “this race is like no other as it has an important storytelling function, and this is something that we are passionate about – amplifying the stories of communities. It is only through understanding and appreciating our combined heritage that we can grow together as a nation - because together we can”.  


Slave Route Challenge Half Marathon, 10km Run, 10km walk and 5km Fun Run details:

When: Sunday, 14 May 2017

Start: Cape Town City Hall


Half Marathon:                             07.00am

10km Run:                                     07.15am

10km Big Walk:                             07.30am

5km Fun Run/ Walk:                    07.45am

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For more information and to enter on line:

Manual entries: Sportmans Warehouse – entries close 1 May 2017


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