With the cross country season starting this weekend here are some reasons why you should consider trying it out.

At cross country, the distances of the races vary based on age group. The races are also run across various terrains including gravel, sand, grass and might include some road sections too. The WPA cross country league takes place in Cape Towns winter so you can expect a wide range of weather conditions on race day from a warm clear day to a complete storm.

Something For Everyone
Cross country events in Cape Town are for everyone! The day usually starts at 11am with the kids shorter races and goes through the various age categories until the open men’s & women’s 10km race this is followed by a 4km mob run which is open to everyone. So you really can make it a family day out and get the kids involved.

Low Cost

Cross country races are significantly less than some of our local road events so your wallet might appreciate the break from all the road races you have done in the first part of the year.races range from R5 to R20 which is a real bargain!


Low Impact

Although mud, sand dunes and grass can be hard work for your muscles, it isn’t hard work for your joints, which will enjoy a break from the pounding of road running. The race venues might take you to places you have never thought of running before from Nantes Park in Bridgetown to the harbor town Gordons Bay.

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Strength, Strength, SPEED

Off-road racing in general, is all about strength. Even if it’s just 5k, the nature of the race with its surface, its hills and its turns make it much tougher than your everyday 5km at Rondebosch common. In return the increased endurance and muscle strength will result in some well deserved speed. You can put it test when you’re back on the road running on easier surfaces.

Finally cross country is just pure fun, no cars, no traffic, kind of outdoors/in nature and will only help improve your running! We hope to see you at some cross country races this season!