Iconic Slave Route Challenge returns on Sunday 31 March 2019

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  • Late entries will be taken at registration for all events until they are sold out

Calling all runners, walkers, fitness enthusiasts, and curious history buffs – one of South Africa’s favourite road races, has a new date.

The Slave Route Challenge, powered by Brimstone, will now take place in Cape Town on Sunday 31 March 2019.

You have entered the iconic Slave Route Challenge and it is only a few days before you and thousands of walkers and runners will be standing in Darling Street outside the Balcony of the City Hall for the START of this unique running and walking event. 

Wale Street on their way to the Bo-Kaap

Start of the 10km Run at the SRC 2018 in front of the City Hall

Coming down Company Gardens under the Arch

Each entrant will receive a Race Number which allows you One Free Entry into the Castle of Good Hope and the District Six Museum and this is valid for the month of April 2019.

Use this to experience our heritage and how this event brings about social cohesion.


RACE NUMBER COLLECTION / Registration and Mini Expo at the Castle of Good Hope:

Friday 29th March from 10 am until 8 pm

Saturday 30th March from 10 pm until 5 pm

Late entries will be taken at registration for all events until they are sold out

Entry costs:
Half Marathon licenced - R130
Half marathon unlicensed - R190
10km run senior (age 20 upwards) licenced - R85
10km run senior (age 20 upwards) unlicensed - R125
10km run junior (age 19 and under) licenced - R65
10km run junior (age 19 and under) unlicensed - R90
10km Walk (all) - R50
5km Fun Run - R30
Please note the half marathon and 10km run are the only timed events.
Record time:
21km : 1:03:56
10km : 31:03


Please Note: New start times on Sunday 31st March 2019

06:45 am Half Marathon

07:15 am 10km Run then the 10km Big Walk

07:25 am 5km Fun Run / Walk  

The Half Marathon and 10km entrants all receive a lekker Koesister in the Bo-Kaap and all finishers receive some Coke and a Commemorative Medal.

Entertainment starts from 9 am onwards with Lucky Draws and Prize Giving. 

Support our exhibitors and vendors.

Looking forwarding to see you all this weekend at the Castle for Number Collection and then again bright and early on Sunday 31st March 2019 when the Half Marathon starts at 06:45 am.  

For more information follow us on Facebook | www.slaveroute.co.za | 082 066 3353


The Slave Route Challenge was voted Road Race of the Year for 2018 by Western Province Athletics!

Starting in 2011 with just over 2000 runners, last year’s event attracted more than 9 000 participants with host club, Brimstone Itheko Sport Athletic Club, expecting to top that in 2019 as March is a traditionally busy period for the Mother City.

Runners and walkers come from all over the country and even as far away as Reunion Island, as the unique route winds past some of Cape Town’s most prominent heritage sites and provides an opportunity to gain a different perspective on Cape Town’s rich and diverse cultural history.

From City Hall in Darling Street, the route embraces District 6, Gardens, the Company Gardens, Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Sea Point (Cape Town Stadium), Green Point (Fort Wynyard), the CBD, up Adderley Street into Spin Street (Slave Plaque) and then through the Castle of Good Hope to finish on the Grand Parade.

One of the favourite points has to be “Koesister Hill” in the historic Bo-Kaap, so called because as runners reach the peak of the hill, they are greeted by a bevy of residents sugaring these delectable Cape Malay confections before handing them out to delighted participants.

The Slave Route Challenge comprises four separate events – runners can do as many as they can fit in – a half marathon and a 10KM run (both timed and sanctioned by Western Province Athletics), a 10KM walk and a 5KM fun run. The Race Beneficiary this year is the Mary Harding School, which provides vital educational assistance to young people who have mild to moderate mental impairment.

Farouk Meyer, event organizer from Itheko Sports Management, who himself is a Sub 3hr Marathoner with 10 Two Oceans Ultra Marathons under his belt, is excited about the new timing of the event saying: “Hosting the Challenge in March potentially opens the event up to a greater audience, including the hordes of international visitors who will be in the Mother City over the period”.

Because the Challenge is as much about getting fit as it is about knowledge sharing, each participant will receive a free voucher to visit the Castle of Good Hope during the month of April as well as entry to the District 6 museum. On top of this, everyone finishing the Challenge will earn a unique medal – part of a series of collectibles.  

Cape Town hosts a multitude of sporting events, each with their own merit, but the Slave Route Challenge, is possibly one that has the most meaning. At a time when our country faces many challenges, there is no better time to come together to have fun, celebrate our differences, remember our past, while exploring new avenues and embarking on the adventure of the future on the road that lies ahead.

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