10 Jan, 2013

Jumping over Jozi!

Jumping over Jozi!

Race Report

Turbovite Jump City GP, 20 May, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Jump City GP in Newtown on a magnificent Sunday, in what should have been a cold winter’s morning, was hands down one of the most interesting events you could wish to do! The few technical glitches were managed very well, but with all athletes fully aware that this was the first event of this kind, nobody was getting edgy about the slight delays. Starting the race slowly, as I had been advised, was the best thing I could have done. Although I wormed my way to the front of the start along with the rest of the individual athletes, the boys all took off with gusto while I maintained a smoother pace with the knowledge that I had a long way to go.



The event was a 10km course through downtown Jozi, but in the early morning hours, Newtown felt very different. Being a Sunday start meant that most of the traders were closed for the day, so not much was going on around us and traffic was lighter than normal, but the Metro Cops were still out in force to help the athletes across a few roads, and the few members of public out that early must have been fascinated by a bunch of scantily clad runners bouncing off their pavements!


But best of all, added to the challenge of getting through the city in one piece, we had to make our way through and over some interesting obstacles! These included netting that you had to crawl under and some cable barrels, tire obstacles, high bars, and plenty of walls, jumps and ramps that required some skill to run up and jump onto. The urban street running obstacles included parking garages, pavements, the Nelson Mandela Bridge and some interesting stair climbs in and around the city.



It always amazes me when doing these events how little we stop and marvel at the beauty around us. Like the inner city refurbishments and older buildings that mostly only tourists get to see, yet as residents of this city, we seldom take the time to go see what we have right under our noses. The South African history is stunning!


Apart from the novelty of doing an event through Newtown and seeing the beautiful buildings and architecture up close, there were unfortunately also some eye openers: Seeing the homeless still asleep on the pavements, a few junkies here and there, and the vast litter on the streets.



Looking back at the day, I was humbled by the organisers and sponsors that gave us this opportunity and gave the time and means for 1 000 athletes to be part of the event! Ironically, people organise events such as this out of passion, but in doing so, usually don’t get to do the actual events themselves, so a quick thanks to Gavin and Chris, who ran around organising and MC’ing so we could have fun! In terms of the sponsors, Turbovite were the headline sponsor for the event, giving us samples in the goodie bags. along with Nativa, DoITNow Magazine and 100Plus, who kept everyone refreshed.


Having had so much fun, now I am looking forward to the next one, so bring it on guys!