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Things to do in January 2017

Things to do in January 2017 [South Africa]

Get out your diaries, here’s our picks of things to do in January

Looking for things to do in January? We’ve selected our best picks of ways to get outside, move or learn something new. From serious races to fun runs, worming workshops to meetups, there’s something for everyone.



Varsity Kudus 15km

Date: Sunday, 8 January

Location: Wits University, Braamfontein

This race marks the official start of road running in Gauteng in 2017. The 15km, whilst scenic is a tough route that takes you through the hilly suburbs of Parktown, Parkview and Westcliff.

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Les Mills Mega Workout Party

Date: Saturday, 14 January

Location: Emperors Palace, Kempton Park

If working out more is a new year’s resolution, this mega workout party will kick you into gear. It starts at 8am and has 5 different workouts scheduled until 1pm

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Muddy Puppy Event #1

Date: Sunday, 22 January

Location: Alberton, Johannesburg

The Muddy Puppy is a 4km obstacle course for you and your dog. There’s a medal at the end and if you don’t have a dog but like obstacle courses that involve climbing, jumping, slipping and mud you can get a solo entry.

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WARRIORFIT OCR Workshop hosted by OCT South

Date: Friday, 27 January – Sunday, 29 January

Location: Alberton, Johannesburg

This 3-day workshop trains you to blast through one of the many tough obstacle races (Think Warrior, Impi, Jump City, The Grind). You’ll learn mental training, tricks, OCR specific training, running, solid grip strength and more. The workshop caters to all levels and there’s also a special course geared to kids between 11-17 years of age.

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35th Johnson Crane Marathon Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, 29 January

Location: Benoni

This is the first Comrades and Two Oceans qualifier in Gauteng and is one of the best for those seeking a PB. The route is flat and fast with the marathon double lapping the half. There’s also a 10km and 5km fun run. It’s also timed so make sure to wear a championchip chip.

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Value Logistics Fast One Cycle Race 2017

Date: Sunday, 29 January

Location: Vanderbijlpark

There are two routes, a 49km fun ride and a 97km ride that counts as a CT Cycle tour seeding event.

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Western Cape

Kite Windsurf Cup 2017 by S’n’C

Date: Monday, 2 January – Sunday, 8 January

Location: Langebaan

There are 5 races taking place from Langebaan. They’re open to all kiters, windsurfers and foilers of all levels.

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Best Worm Farming Workshop

Date: Saturday, 14 January

Location: Tokai, Cape Town

Karin Parkin, who has been growing health food and medicine for over 20 years will be leading this workshop. You’ll learn how to build and keep a worm farm and for an added fee can make a two tier worm farm at the workshop.

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Spur Cape Town Trail Series

Date: Series starts Sunday, 15 January until 26 February

Location: various locations, Cape Town

The first Spur Summer Trail Series for 2017 kicks off in January. There are 4 trail events in total, each with a short (6km) and long (9km) route option. Two of the trails take place in January, the first at Lebanon Forest, Elgin Valley and the second at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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Night Nation Run “I run for the after party”

Date: Saturday, 21 January

Location: Grand Parade, Cape Town

The Night Nation Run is a new 5km fun night run which incorporates music, lights and a festival atmosphere into the run. If you like Neon Run, Adida’s Why I Run or the Nike Run’s you’ll enjoy this. There will be DJ’s along the route playing Electric Dance Music and an after party at the finish featuring top DJ’s.

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Sweat with Kayla Challenge {FREE}

Date: Saturday, 28 January

Location: Camps Bay, Cape Town

The BBG Cape Town Girls are hosting a meetup which kickstarts a 12 week BBG challenge. The event is free, so if you’re thinking of, or have done BBG this is a great way to meet girls to keep you motivated.

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KwaZulu Natal

N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon

Date: Saturday, 21 January –Sunday, 22 January

Location: Underberg

This is a two day canoe marathon starting with a 26km course on day 1 and ending with a 39km course on day two.

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Dolphin Mile Swim

Date: Sunday, 22 January

Location: Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

The Dolphin Mile Series begins and is also a chance to seed for the Midmar Mile.

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Eastern Cape

Secret Sunrise Summer Swing PE

Date: Saturday, 7 January

Location: Port Elizabeth

The first Secret Sunrise event of the year kicks off in Port Elizabeth offering music and dance to an electro swing theme.

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NFB Border 1000

Date: Sunday, 15 January

Location: East London

There are three different route distances to try, an 80km ride, 36km fun ride and a 20km youth ride where parents can accompany kids.

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Free State

Free State Triathlon / Duathlon

Date: Saturday, 14 January

Location: Maselspoort

The Triathlon and Duathlon both have 3 distances to choose from – standard, sprint and super sprint. There’s also a kid event for ages 8-12 years.

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North West

Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort

Date: Friday, 20 January – Sunday, 22 January

Location: Buffelspoort Dam

The off-road triathlon offers two events; full distance and light. You can expect scorching temperatures and rocky terrains – the mtb route is one of the toughest in the country! There’s also a kids event with 3 different events targeted at different age groups from 6 years to 15 years. Then on the 22nd there’s a trail run of 6 and 12km.

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Ottosdal Nite Draf en Trap

Date: Saturday, 28 January

Location: Ottosdal Showgrounds, Central North West

One of the only night marathons you can do, this race offers a multitude of events. The races begin at night with a marathon, half, 10 and 5km. The next morning you can choose between varying distances in trail run or mountain bike. And if you’re lucky, you’ll walk away with a diamond!

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Barberton XCM Mountain Bike Challenge

Date: Saturday, 28 January

Location: Barberton High School

The slogan of the MTB challenge is “not as delicate as a daisy” which speaks to the fact that this race is one of the toughest 1 day MTB events in South Africa. There are 5 routes for every type of rider from 20km all the way up to 110km.

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