When last did you do something for yourself? We aren’t referring to treating yourself to a brand-new pair of shoes or getting a massage. Ask yourself when you last did something that benefitted your wellbeing – physically and mentally. We all need a break from the monotony of routine and the stress of everyday life, which is why we started the Birchwood Half Marathon nine years ago.
Aimed at providing hardworking locals with an opportunity to break the unhealthy cycle with an outlet that has a whole host of benefits – here are a few of our favourites:
- Individual goalsetting – regardless of whether it is the 5km, 10km or 21.1km race that you set out to complete, it is a step in the right direction.
- Relationship building – many participants use their race to strengthen their ties by crossing the finish line with colleagues, friends and family.
- Running and walking has numerous health benefits; including strengthening your lungs and immune system, relieving stress, improving bone density and joint stability, preventing high blood pressure, facilitating in weight loss and making you a happier, more confident person.
Our race has been a sell-out for the past three years, with new faces participating every year. We are immensely proud that the race is now recognised by the provincial athletics organisation, the Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) Road Running Commission, as an official championship race for the 2019 CGA Half Marathon Championships. We like to think that this means we are doing something right!
Central Gauteng Athletics is an organisation and forum that strives to achieve growth and increase the level of competitiveness in road running, cross country and track and field activities within local communities through mass participation and talent identification programmes. Their values are a nice fit with our own – encouraging a healthy lifestyle and helping to develop athletes in Gauteng.
In partnership with SANI Fleet Rental, S4 Auto, No Finance Cars, Garbie and the City of Ekurhuleni, the race and day’s activities are geared toward a fun day out for the whole family; including live music, activities for the kids, sports massages and spot prizes.
If you haven’t entered yet, what are you waiting for?! Starting at 6:30am (21.1km and 10km) and 7:30 (5km), the first 2 000 runners or walkers to enter receive a long sleeve moisture management t-shirt and all finishers will receive medals. Entries are R230 for the 21.1km, R150 for the 10km and R70 for the 5km and no entries will be sold on the day.