Press release: Slave Route Challenge powered by Brimstone

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One month to go to the 10th Anniversary of the Slave Route Challenge Powered by Brimstone taking place on Sunday 23 February 2020 on the Grand Parade in Cape Town.

Our event caters for the avid runner / walker and novice with a half marathon, 10km run, 10km walk and 5 km fun run / walk on offer.

An event which caters for the entire family and brings together our community. The added appeal of this event is that it takes ownership of our past, changes the narrative of our heritage and transforms it into a legacy for future generations.

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The route starts in front of the City Hall in Darling Street, right in front of the Balcony where the late President Nelson Mandela made his first speech after his release from Victor Verster Prison. 

The historical landmarks that can be found on the route include, The Castle of Good Hope, District 6, Hurling Swing Pump, SA Jewish Museum, Slave Bell, Company Gardens, Parliament, St Georges Cathedral, Palm Street Mosque, Dorp Street Mosque, Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Gallows Hill, Fort Wynyard, Prestwich Memorial, Iziko Slave Lodge, Slave Tree Plaque, Palestine Museum and finishes on the Grand Parade where the Whipping Post used to be.

Each year the race has a commemorative medal and a Race Beneficiary. Last year the Race Beneficiary, Mary Harding, received R65 000. This year the Race Beneficiary is LOFOB – League Of the Friends Of the Blind.

LOFOB is based in Grassy Park and was established in 1933 as a registered non-profit, public benefit organisation serving the needs of blind and visually impaired children, youth and adults, and their families, throughout the Western Cape and further afield.

Armand Bam, CEO of LOFOB has this to say: “We are proud to be associated with the Slave Route Challenge Powered by Brimstone. Our rich heritage as an organization serving those most impoverished and the significance of this race as a reminder of our country’s history, makes this a significant celebration. We are proud to celebrate 10 years of meaningful impact together with this event.”

  • Entries close Sunday 9 February 2020. 
  • Entry Fees:

5km fun run/walk – R40 
10km big walk – R65 
10km run licensed senior – R95 
Unlicensed senior – R135 
Licenced junior – R75 
Unlicensed junior – R100 
Half-marathon licensed senior – R125 
Unlicensed senior – R190 
Licenced junior – R125 
Unlicensed junior – R190

Registration / number collection takes place at the Mini Expo at the Castle of Good Hope: Friday 21 February (10:00-20:00) | Saturday 22 February (10:00-17:00)

Event Day is Sunday 23 February 2020 and start times are as follows: half marathon – 06:30, 10km run – 07:00, 10km walk – 70:00, 5km fun run / walk – 07:10.

There are seven refreshment stations on the route and koesisters will be served in the Bo-Kaap at Koesister Hill. A tog bag facility is available on the Grand Parade. Medals and Coke to all finishers. Food vendors will be in attendance and entertainment will commence at 09:00, followed by lucky draws and prize giving.

Be part of this iconic event where we literally see the sights, sounds and historical / heritage value of our beautiful Mother City.


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