On Saturday 19th September, Warrick and I decided to enter the Salomon City Trail Run 10km Race at Wits University. The whole concept of this run is about bringing the freedom and spirit of mountain running to the roads and cityscapes which definitely appealed to us. I am also usually not that keen to enter 10km races as I find this distance too short and fast for me but as I have been recovering from breaking my pinky this has become a perfect distance to get back into training again – although I do have to be extra careful as I still have a pin in my finger.
Unfortunately being a Saturday and a popular weekend for other running events the turnout for this race wasn’t great and I don’t think the weather helped matters as it was very windy, cold and overcast which would have limited on the day entries.
The race route was a single lap of just under 10km which covered most of the Wits University Grounds. It was a lot of fun running up and down stairs, past lecture halls and across fields and areas of the university I have never seen before including some pretty gardens. I found this type of running a lot harder than I expected as you are constantly changing terrains.
Me running up a staircase on Wits Campus – Photographer: Terence Vrugtman – Adventure Life
We started and finished the race on one of the Wits fields where there was coffee stations, a Red Bull tent as well as Salomon and Suunto merchandise on display. I must say I am a big fan of both Salomon and Suunto products so I was very excited to hear that they were going to be doing some spot prizes at the end of the race. Warrick being the lucky guy that he is managed to win himself a Salomon hand-held hydration set which I am sure we will be testing out on a run in the near future. I unfortunately didn’t manage to win any goodies in the spot prize game but there is always a next time as I believe that there will be another City Trail Run coming to Joburg in December so will wait to hear more details on this and share this on my upcoming events page.
All in all I really enjoyed this unique city trail run concept and will look to do it again in the future.
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