Approved: Gauteng North branch of Modern Athlete Club!


The Modern Athlete Running Club is already up and running in Central Gauteng, and today we got the go-ahead to launch our second branch. (And more are coming soon!)

The light blue vest of the Modern Athlete running club is going to be seen more and more on the roads of Pretoria and surrounds now that the Gauteng North branch of the club has been approved by the Athletics Gauteng North provincial body. The virtual club with a real presence was launched earlier this year with the initial branch in Central Gauteng, and some of our athletes were already in action in their new colours in the recent Comrades Marathon. Now the second branch will start signing up members, and plans are in place to get branches up and running in other provinces soon.

Olympian and multiple SA Champ René Kalmer is heading up the club in Central Gauteng as our club chairperson and brand ambassador, and in Gauteng North the go-to person will be top trail runner and Comrades silver medallist Bennie Roux. But the club is by no means just for elite athletes – anybody can join, whether you are a regular ultra-marathoner or a beginner just getting into racing. The club will cater for all, and provide a great social vibe at events.

For the rest of this year new members of either branch of the club will pay just R500 – that’s a 50% discount – which will give them a club vest, provincial licence number and postal subscription to Modern Athlete magazine, plus they will qualify for a number of extra benefits, including
Individualised training programmes focused on selected events.
Personalised nutritional programme based on your activity levels and nutrition requirements.
• Free entry to the Modern Athlete Chill Zones at partnered events.
• Great discounts and rewards from our partners on running gear, travel, entry fees and more.
• Free Access to Modern Athlete Seminars, featuring leading personalities and experts.

To sign up or get more info, go to or mail

PS: Meet Bennie at Old Eds!
All prospective new members of the club as well as Modern Athlete readers are invited to stop by the Modern Athete Chill Zone at the Old Eds Half Marathon on 10 August in Johannesburg to meet Bennie and get more info on the club.