The Slave Route Challenge 2019 traverses the Bo Kaap
The Slave Route Challenge 2019 traverses the Bo Kaap

The Slave Route Challenge, powered by Brimstone, is calling all runners, walkers, fitness enthusiasts, and curious history buffs to participate in one of South Africa’s favourite road races. The new date of the event is now Cape Town on 31 March 2019.

The Slave Route Challenge, voted Road Race of the Year for 2018 by Western Province Athletics, started in 2011 with just over 2000 runners.

Slave Route Challenge 2019 powered by Brimstone

Prominent heritage sites

Last year’s event attracted more than 9 000 participants. Runners and walkers come from all over the country and even from as far as Reunion Island – as the unique route winds past some of Cape Town’s most prominent heritage sites.

Slave Route Challenge route

From City Hall in Darling Street, the route embraces District 6, Gardens, the Company Gardens, Wale Street, BoKaap, 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 2019 powered by Brimstone 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 (costs below).  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.

Slave Route Challenge 2019 Canon Start at the Castle of Good Hope
Slave Route Challenge 2019 Canon Start at the Castle of Good Hope

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. It is a wonderful opportunity to share our history and what better way than through the fun of running together through the streets of Cape Town.”

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.

Slave Route Challenge entries
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
Note: The half marathon and 10km run are the only timed events.

Record time:

21km : 1:03:56
10km : 31:03

What: Slave Route Challenge 2019
Slave Route Challenge closing date: 17 March 2019
Slave Route Challenge entry forms: Webtickets, Western Cape Sportsman Warehouse outlets