The super popular half-marathon that winds its way through the heart of Cape Town, this year’s OUTsurance 94.5 Kfm Gun Run will have a new start and finish with participants lining up outside the Cape Town Stadium.
The 2011 Gun Run takes place on Sunday 9 October, starting in Fritz Sonnenberg Road and finishing in the new Green Point Park. Participants have a choice of either the 21km half marathon or the 10km and 5km run or walk, which is specifically aimed at families, younger participants and walkers.
The half marathon route will take runners through the stadium precinct, V&A Waterfront, past the 94.5 Kfm studios, along the Sea Point Promenade and out towards Camps Bay up Kloof Road. The 10km will wind its way along the Promenade, through the Waterfront and past Primedia Studios in Somerset Road, while the 5km is routed in and around the Green Point Park with its new walkways around the golf course.
Once again, the Cape Field Artillery will be attending the Gun Run to fire the gun that starts all three distances and then again at 10h00 to mark the cut-off.
The Bobs for Good Foundation has been appointed as the official beneficiary for the event. Started by former Springbok captain, Bob Skinstad and his lifelong friend Ron Rutland, the local non-profit organisation was established out of the need to restore dignity and pride to underprivileged learners by giving them a new pair of South African made leather school shoes. The foundation has also helped to create a school shoe with reflective strips, which aims to reduce the number of children who are injured walking to and from school.
The annual race is a favourite on the Western Cape running calendar, which is unsurprising as the scenic route and post-race entertainment ensure that the half-marathon is a hit with runners and spectators alike.
This year, Capetonians won’t have to travel all the way to Munich to experience the Oktober Bierfest as the Bavarian beer festival will be coming to Cape Town from 29 September to 1 October 2011.
The Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, Germany during late September and early October. This 16–18 day beer festival is attended by six million people annually making it the world’s largest fair.
The Oktoberfest has been held since 1810 and is an important part of Bavarian culture. The festival itself is held near Munich’s centre in an area named the Theresienwiese, meaning field or meadow of Therese, often called Wiesn for short.
Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served in this festival and upon passing this criteria, a beer is designated Oktoberfest Beer.
It has now inspired numerous similar events using the name Oktoberfest in Germany and around the world, many of which were founded by German immigrants or their descendants and modeled after the Munich event.
The Oktober Bierfest in Cape Town is cited to be a recreation of Bavarian beer festivals of old, transporting guests to the metaphoric heart of Bavaria where they can embrace the spirit of the festival.
For the first time ever, Capetonians will be able to enjoy Royal Bavaria Oktoberfest Bier, King Ludwig’s Munich Dunkel and Protea Edelweiss Krystal Weiss at The Village Green, Newlands Brewery.
With three Bavarian-styled beer varieties especially crafted by brew masters from South African Breweries Limited, beer fans and aficionados have quite the festival to look forward to. This includes a range of Bavarian trinkets on sale, mouth-watering Bavarian food, world-class entertainment and a live Oompah band thrown in for good measure.