Top Race Picks!


With yet another year coming to an end, it is important that we look at what is approaching in the future as we start making our running plans for the new year. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a serious running machine, here at Modern Athlete we have got it all for you!

Look below at some of the events coming up and ensure that you end your 2016 running year on a high note and start your 2017 running year on an even higher note.

1. Lynne New Estates Edgemead 10km
It is time for the annual Lynne New Estates Edgemead 10km Classic. This race is hosted by Edgemead Running Club and is sponsored by Lynne New Estates. This flat route takes runners through the suburbs of Edgemead and Monta-Vista, offering a scenic 10km race. There is a distance for each member of the family so be sure to bring along the kids. Medals will be awarded to all finishers of the events and lots of prizes will be up for grabs! The race will start and finish at Edgemead High School on Saturday, 26 November 2016. Entries close tomorrow so be sure to get yours in now!


2. Majik Forest Family Trail Run
The Majik Forest Neighbourhood Watch in conjunction with it sponsors are asking you to help raise funds for the installation of better cameras and security in the Majik Forrest. What better way to do so than by getting you out and about for some family fun? Support this great cause and help recapture the Majik. With a 5km and a 10k run on offer, the event really does cater for the whole family. The 5km event will cost R80 and the 10km event will cost R100. Medals will be given to all finishers of the 10km race and there will be lots of lucky draws, giveaways, coffee, drinks, wine and delicious food.

3. Land Rover Centurion Mountain Monster Trail Run
Gauteng’s premier endure mountain biking and trail running venue, Hakahana Trails, will again play host to the Land Rover Centurion Mountain Monster Trail Run. Hakahana is located 15km west of Pretoria and offers a truly tranquil setting to all taking part. The Hakahana trails network traverses over 40 properties, allowing a unique, safe and diverse trail running experience. While you may have, fun running here, Hakahana is particularly recommended for its challenging trails and technical terrain. Taking place on Sunday, 4 December 2016, be sure to end 20016 on a high.

For those who have already wrapped up their 2016 running schedules, look at the events listed below. These events are set to kick start 207 the right way as they invite thousands of athletes to take part in their events. Enter now and avoid missing out on these cracking events.

1. 35th Johnson Crane Hire Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10km
Entries are now open for the 35th running of the Johnson Crane Hire Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10km hosted by Benoni Harriers. This popular event allows for an ideal setting for your first marathon of the year. The route is a double lapper and is nice and flat, allowing you to express yourself and push for that fast time. For those who are still easing into things, there is a 21km event as well as a 10km and 5km fun run. The 21km and 42km will be timed by Peak Timing using the ChampionChip system. All 42km results will automatically be sent to Comrades as a potential qualifying time.

2. Pick n’ Pay Marathon, Half-Marathon, 8km & 4km
Saheti School in Senderwood will again pay host to this awesome Marathon, Half-Marathon, 8km & 4km event. Taking place on Sunday, 12 February 2017 the Jeppe Quondam Athletics Club welcomes you to take part in their annual event. The marathon and half-marathon events are limited to a combined total of 6000 runners and entries for this event will close on Sunday, 5 February 2017 or when the entry cap of 6000 athletes is reached. Entries for the 21km, 4km & 8km events will also close on Sunday, 5 February 2017 or when the cap of 3000 entries is reached. Click below for more.

3. Old Mutual Om Die Dam Ultra-Marathon 2017
South Africa’s largest inland ultra-marathon is back and next year is looking to go bigger and better than before. The Old Mutual Om Die Dam Ultra-Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10km attracts over 10000 participants and next year, we want you to be part of it! Due to I’s scenic route – via the Hartebeespoort Dam – and its family appeal, The Old Mutual Om Die Dam Ultra-Marathon is consistently voted as one of the top national races year in and year out. The 50km Ultra-Marathon is a flagship event and gold medals will be awarded to category winners, silver medals to men under 3 hours 45 minutes and woman under 4 hours 10 minutes. Bronze medals will be awarded to all other finishers!

4. Birchwood Cross the Line Half-Marathon & 10km
It’s time to get your running shoes on and clear your diary in preparation for the City of Ekurhuleni’s annual road race, the Birchwood Cross the Line Half-Marathon &10km, taking place on Sunday, 26 March 2017. Aimed at attracting both dedicated athletes, and promoting exercise, combined with fun, for a healthy lifestyle amongst Gauteng’s families, the race has grown year on year; in 2017 accommodating 3 500 runners in the 21.1km and 10km races, and a further 500 runners/ walkers in the 5km race. In partnership with ChampionChip and Modern Athlete, both the start and finish of the race will this year be recorded using a chip secured to shoelaces; ensuring accurate results and digital monitoring. This move follows feedback from past participants ensuring a smoother and upgraded race. Since the Birchwood Cross the Line Half Marathon’s inception in 2011, thousands of runners and families have participated, with many making it an annual family tradition. Promising a fun day out, the race includes a children’s play area, food and refreshments, a dedicated secure tog-bag area, a post-race massage zone, clean toilets and live music on the manicured lawns of the hotel.


5. Modern Athlete Irene Ultra-Marathon
The Modern Athlete Irene Ultra will be run for the second time in 2017. The event offers runners the ideal opportunity for a long run in preparation for Comrades. As an additional bonus, runners will be able to use their 48km finish time or their time at the 42km split point for Comrades Qualifying purposes. The 2017 edition of the Modern Athlete Irene Ultra & Half-Marathon will take place on Sunday, 2 April 2017. This race is regarded as the ideally placed race for Comrades Marathon hopefuls who still must qualify, or for those hoping to get a better seeding. The route takes runners through Irene’s suburbs and Midstream Estate and is “flat and fast”, with no significant climbs allowing runners to achieve better times. The 48km along with a 21km will start at 06:00am at the Irene Agricultural Research Campus.

And folks, if these are still not enough for you be sure to visit our full online events calendar where you can find even more races to enter. The Modern Athlete Team hopes that you’ll be making your 2017 running plans very soon! Click the button below for the full Modern Athlete online events calendar.