Winter is here but we all know that’s no deterrent for the avid outdoorsman. Here are our top picks for upcoming sport and expo events you don’t want to miss.
Youth Day Miles For Smiles Beach Run
16 June | Cape Town
If you want to get fit and do good all in one day then the Youth Day Miles for Smiles beach run is the outdoor event to attend this month.
The race is a fun filled, easy 5km run on Melkbos Beach. The goal is to pay for 10 Facial Reconstructions (10 x R 5 500) which is where your entry fee goes. Registration opens at 9.00am and there are great 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category.
Big Five Marathon
22 June | Limpopo
While this event is billed as a classic 42.195km marathon and a half marathon, the location makes it anything but a run-of-the-mill race.
Set in the Limpopo Province’s Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the route lets runners (just about) rub shoulders with the famous Big Five, as well as giraffes, hippopotami, crocodiles, and many more.
Knysna Forest Marathon
29 July | Knysna
This energy-burning part of the famous Oyster Festival sees a full (42km) and half (21km) marathon running through the beautiful Knysna forest. While the start is always chilly, once the event gets going, it is a run you will want to experience again.
1-2 June | Vereeniging
With about 375 exhibitors and 35 000-odd visitors, OutdoorX lives up to its billing as South Africa’s top outdoor leisure and lifestyle show.
Located in the fresh air of Malonjeni Guest Farm, it covers everything from camping to agriculture, automotive, home décor and much more.
SA Aids Conference
11-14 June | Durban
The 9th SA Aids Conference – the second-largest HIV conference in the world – welcomes scientists, medical practitioners, NGOs and the corporate and public sector to Durban’s ICC for conversations around solutions to the ongoing HIV/Aids pandemic.
24-26 June | Pretoria
Hosted at the CSIR International Convention Centre, this summit incorporates the Sustainable Cities Southern Africa Conference, along with seminars on zero waste, sustainable water and energy, green buildings, and much more. It is a platform for important – and fascinating – multi-sector dialogue.