One of the best things about running is that you don’t need any specialist equipment to do it – just a good pair of running shoes and the will to hit the tarmac. Along with providing plenty of health benefits, it’s an excellent way to get outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air. If you live in the heart of Joburg, here’s a look at some great reasons to put on your trainers and give urban running a try.
It’s social. Running is a great way to meet new people, and if you join a local club, you’re guaranteed to connect with plenty of fellow runners in your neighbourhood.
You’ll gain a new perspective on your city. You’ve probably driven the tree-lined streets around the city hundreds, if not thousands, of times, but you’ll develop a new appreciation for them when you explore them on foot.
There’s safety in numbers. The city is always buzzing, and you seldom have public spaces to yourself, which is pretty handy when it comes to safety. Just make sure that you work up a sweat on routes where there are plenty of other runners and walkers.
There are great urban running routes in Jozi. You don’t need to stick to the same path, day after day. There are plenty of options to choose from, and they’re not limited to city streets:
- The Randpark Golf Club in Randburg has a 3km, 5km and 8km running track.
- For those who want to run off-road, the PwC Bike Park in Bryanston has 13km of trails to traverse.
- The Wanderers Running Club in Illovo has a weekly 5km and 8km time trial for members.
Running at Melrose Arch
This safe and secure precinct has pedestrian-friendly streets that are popular with early-morning runners who use the 1km route from One on Whiteley onto High Street and back along Melrose Boulevard. And many runners choose to rack up the kilometres on the treadmill at the local Virgin Active Classic. For more info on what Melrose Arch has to offer: melrosearch.co.za.