Leaps and Bounds

Keep Those Legs Moving!


Modern Athlete wants you to take part in the great events! Take a look at three of the biggest half marathon and marathon events that are going to be hitting our shores soon. Be sure to secure your entries before time runs out!

1.     Old Mutual Om Die Dam Ultra Marathon

Old Mutual Om die Dam Ultra Marathon is the largest inland ultra-marathon in South Africa, offering a 50km ultra marathon, a 21km half-marathon, a 10km route and a 5km fun run. It attracts over 10 000 participants.Due to its scenic route – via the Hartbeespoort Dam – and family appeal, the race is consistently voted as one of the top national races. The 50km race is the flagship event. Gold medals will be awarded to category winners, silver medals to men under 3:45 and women under 4:10, and bronze to all other finishers.

2.     Birchwood Cross the Line Half Marathon

It’s time to get your running shoes on, and to clear your diary, in preparation for the City of Ekurhuleni’s annual road race, the Birchwood Cross the Line Half Marathon, which takes place next year on Sunday, 26 March 2017. Now in its seventh year, the race starts and ends on the 52 sprawling hectares of gardens of the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg. 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.

3.     2017 Modern Athlete Irene Ultra

The Modern Athlete 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 have to qualify, or for those hoping to get a better seeding. The route takes runners through Irene’s suburbs and Midstream Estate is “flat and fast”, with no significant climbs allowing runners to achieve better times. The 48km along with a 21.1km will start at 06:00 at the Irene Agricultural Research Campus.