The Gun Run is an annual half marathon held in Cape Town, it also happens to be the second largest road running race in South Africa. The 2016 event saw Travelstarters coming together for the second time to challenge their opponents, achieve their best time, attempt to break the record time or even just to have fun and exercise with the family—while enjoying views of the beautiful Cape Town scenery.
A total of 21, 000 entrants registered for the 24th edition of the marathon which is a new 2016 record of attendance. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go towards the Anna Foundation which supports rural communities to read, run and write!
In the spirit of Family & Fun, Silk & Steel and Go For It! 152 Travelstarters participated in the Gun Run which is almost double the number from last year (78). We are proud to be contributing towards the betterment of our community as well as promoting exercise, healthy habits and teambuilding. The Travelstart team was well organised and truly represented the brand in their bright white and blue branded bags, visors and vests!
The Gun Run is divided into the 21km, 10km and 5 km.
The 21km is the actual half marathon and this year runners had the privilege of bolting along Beach road and meandering through Clifton, as the early morning sea breeze fanned their faces. The 10km was more of a flat running surface where participants could speed past Mouille Point and The Waterfront. Finally, the 5km popularly referred to as the “fun run” was a brisk walk, jog or run across the promenade and past Green Point Park, it was very popular among the Travestarters who brought their children along to soak up the mid-morning sun.
The 2016 official winners were:
Jenna Challenor finished first for the second time in 1h 16min 25s.
David Manja also won for the second time in 1h 02min 51s.
Nyahora Rutendo won the ladies race in 34min 02s.
Gladwin Mzazi crossed the Gun Run finish line first for the fourth time in 29min 32s.
And the Travelstarters who left the rest of the team choking in their dust were:
1st Place: Joyce Ngolle 30min
2nd Place: Tumi Matenche 34min 50s
3rd Place: Marco Lotter 40min 02s
1st Place: Anele Kanya 51min 01s
2nd Place: Arashaad Haron 56min 18s
3rd Place: Rick Molenaar 1h 00min 38s
1st Place: Ani Polydorou 1h 42min
2nd Place: Pia Spratley 2h 01min 03s
3rd Place: Hillel Chemel 2h 13min 35s
A huge congrats to these Travelstarters who were graced with in-house honorary awards including plane tickets, dinner vouchers, signature pens, exclusive chocolates and Kamili vouchers for their efforts!
To the rest of the team who participated, give yourselves a pat on the back for doing your best! We’d also like to thank you for strengthening the Travelstart culture by inviting your families to enjoy a fun-filled morning with the rest of the team. Go-oooo Travelstart!
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