Our Top Race Picks for You!


Have you had a bit of a slow start to 2017? Never fear, read on and see what we have for you! Modern Athlete has a whole whack of events on the running race calendar so be sure to get onto our online calendar and start securing your entries today! From 5km Fun-Runs to Ultra-Marathons, we have got it all!


1.     The Music Run 2017

The Music Run™ empowers participants to control the soundtrack of the run by voting for their favourite songs in the build-up to the event. Voting is via a ‘Music Voting App’ and songs with the most votes make the official run playlist. On event day, runners experience the world’s loudest 5km running course, known as ‘The Sound Track’. More than 120 speakers pump out the most popular songs across five interactive and music themed zones – pop, rock, old school, hip hop and dance. The run will end with the ultimate after-run music festival, which includes world class DJs, live bands, dancers, laser lights, LED screens, chill out zones, giveaways and plenty more. Karen Thomas, Old Mutual Head of Brand, says The Music Run is an experience that’s encouraging people to live an active and healthy lifestyle that’s fun. “It represents a new generation of fun run events, where participants can actively shape and share in the experience. Combining music and running in an immersive and social way is immensely energizing and uplifting for everyone who takes part. We are very excited to bring it to South Africa and know that music runners here will love our interactive run course, the music festival and local acts involved.” Created by Fresh Events Global, The Music Run™ was first held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014. The event has already been experienced by more than 100 000 participants across 12 events and 9 countries from Singapore to Hamburg. In 2016 The Music Run™ expands to the Middle East and Africa. WorldSport will run events in South Africa. To register for the event, visit The Music Run website or simply click on the button below.


2.     2017 Pick n Pay Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10km

Attracting a field of 6000 athletes, the Pick n Pay Marathon, presented by Momentum is a regular go-to for Ultra runners. This year’s event will once again be an opportunity in Gauteng to qualify for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra in March, or to get a solid qualifier for Comrades. Now in its 34th year, race day gives athletes a little bit of everything: A tough 42km or 21km (one lap of the marathon), as well as popular 8km and 4km fun runs around Senderwood. There is even a 420m mini-marathon for under-4, under-6, under-8 and under-10 kiddies, so bring your youngsters along and let them enjoy a taste of running glory, too! The Marathon and Half Marathon are limited to 6000 runners only. No late entries available.


3.     KPMG SunMile

The KPMG SunMile is a team event consisting of several mile batches with runners of similar abilities racing each other. Teams of 5 runners each will compete in the following categories: Corporates, Clubs, Open. Teams can choose to enter as: Male teams, Female teams, Mixed teams (3 ladies and 2 men). Team members will be seeded and therefore not necessarily run in the same batch. The event has partnered with several establishments in the race precinct. Gazebos and spectator support are strongly encouraged and sites can be booked through the race office here. Sites will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Gazebos may be erected in allocated gazebo sites after road closures come into effect on 23 February. No alcohol may be consumed outside the entertainment area at 24 Central. No glass bottles may be taken into the race precinct. The official runner's after-party will take place at Taboo Night Club in Sandton. Join us for an exciting event featuring an incredible line-up of DJ's and bands. The line-up will be revealed soon so keep an eye on our website. The venue has limited capacity and runners are encouraged to purchase their ticket with their online entry.


4.     Jump City Challenge powered by Peri Construction

Joburg's inner city obstacle race returns jam packed with new features Jump on the bus We have completely switched things up this year, we will be bussing batches out from Constitution Hill to the start in an undisclosed location in town. From there you will be set out on the course that will thrill. Special features Not only will we be bussing you, but we will be taking you through really incredible features of the city:- – 2.4km of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre – 1km of Museum Africa – The all new 1km “Prison Dash” through Constitution Hill – Nelson Mandela Bridge More to be released soon… Challenges on route The route will play host to over 22 obstacles throughout. You will need to climb, crawl and find your way through the dark along the way. Please check the event website for more info on the obstacle out there www.jumpcitychallenge.com We are not out there to kill you, we actually want to see you again. So the challenges are not impossible, if they are too tough for you simply ask a fellow participant for a helping hand we encourage you to help each other out there. See you out there tough stuff, it is going to be a blast! Limited entries are available so be sure to get yours and avoid missing out on any action. 


5.     Modern Athlete Irene Ultra-Marathon & Half-Marathon

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.


For more, visit the full Modern Athlete online race calendar. Simply click on the button below.