DISCOVER CAPE TOWN

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Hi, there. My name is Florens and I was lucky enough to call Cape Town my home for 9 months while studying. During that time I discovered the so-called Mothercity mainly by running: through the streets but also on Cape Town's stunning trails. The location of the main city with the Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head in the back is scenic and it offers so many opportunities to run and discover. Alone or with one of many social running groups, it's a joy for sure.

Cape Town, the city I fell in love with last year during a semester abroad. But I'm not the only one. Both, The New York Times and The Telegraph, named Cape Town the best place in the world to visit in 2014! And in 2015 it was named the worldwide second best beach city by National Geographic! But let's see what Cape Town has to offer in terms of running...


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Cape Town, Running Guide, City Guide, Run My City, run to discover, run to explore
View from Lion's Head summit over the city bowl

Cape Town is the third biggest city in South Africa after Johannesburg and Durban. It is home to about 430,000 people (metropolitan area: 3,740,000) from many different nationalities. With the seat of the National Parliament it is also the legislative capital of the country.

It's iconic landmarks such as the Table Mountain or Cape Point are well-known all over the world. They form a dramatic mountainous backdrop and enclose the city centre, the so-called city bowl.

 

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Runner's paradise

Cape Town's unique location right at the coast and with the Table Mountain in it's center provides stunning views from almost everywhere. You can find incredible trails on the mountain, breathtaking roads along the coast or beautiful beaches within a very small radius: Cape Town is a runner's paradise!

It provides especially for trail enthusiasts an infinite amount of single trails and jeep tracks. But also road runners can enjoy Cape Town. Particularly along the coast line there are beautiful roads. But always keep in mind, that you won't find entirely flat routes here! In a preparation for a road marathon it can be quite frustrating, as I had to experience myself last year.

 

On the other hand, Cape Town offers free 5k time trails all over the city! Every saturday morning hundreds of runners participate in the three Parkruns (Green Point, Rondebosch Common or Constantia Green Belt). On Wednesday evenings at 6pm the Celtic Harriers offer a free time trail around the Rondebosch Common as well.

In case you want to explore the trails I can recommend you the Tuesday Trails Group of which I was a running guide several times. Every tuesday evening at 6pm they meet either at the Kloof Nek parking lot or at Newlands Forest. 


FAVOURITE ROUTES

Cape Town is full of beautiful and scenic running routes. Especially the trails in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve are stunning. I ran about 1,500km in Cape Town. Let me introduce to you my favourite routes.

Rondebosch common

FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Distance: 2,6km
  • Elevation: 6m D+
  • Duration: 10-20mins
  • Download GPS data

sea point promenade

FACTS

 

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish: Green Point Stadium
  • Distance: 10.5km
  • Elevation: 50m D+
  • Duration: 40-90mins
  • Download GPS data

floruns lion's head & signal hill

floruns blockhouse contour


Kloof nek contour

FACTS

 

  • Category: TRAIL
  • Start & Finish: Kloof Nek parking lot
  • Distance: 9,3km
  • Elevation: 700m D+
  • Duration: 1-2.5h
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Download GPS data

Blockhouse contour

FACTS

 

  • Category: TRAIL
  • Start & Finish: Newlands Forest parking lot
  • Distance: 13,5km
  • Elevation: 1,200m D+
  • Duration: 1.5 - 3h
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Download GPS data

lion's head & signal hill

FACTS

 

  • Category: TRAIL
  • Start & Finish: Kloof Nek parking lot
  • Distance: 10.5km
  • Elevation: 550m D+
  • Duration: 1-2h
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Download GPS data 


races

 

Cape Town offers a variety of nice race events. No matter whether you're a road or trail runner, you won't be disappointed! Check out my favourite races below. (Full race calendar)


must-see places

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Cape Town, Running Guide, City Guide, Run My City, run to discover, run to explore, Floruns, Florens von der Decken

My name is Florens (26) and I'm the founder of RUN TO DISCOVER. Running and travelling are my big passions. I love to discover new places by running through unknown environment.

As an ambitious athlete I always try to improve myself, but moreover I want to enjoy the sport and feel the freedom while running. Feel free to ask me about running in Cape Town.

 

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