Running in Johannesburg

03 Apr 2024

Hit the tarmac with a group. It's a great way to keep motivated and socialise while keeping fit. It's also a safer way to navigate busy roads and longer runs that might see you running in the dark. Joburg has several running clubs that host weekly time trials (usually 5km to 8km runs) that are open to non-members.

To make it easy, join a Park Run or a regular running group. Also, look out for locally organised social running clubs like Soweto-based groups Dope Run Cru, which starts at the Virgin Active at Jabulani Mall, and Thesis Run Cru, which departs from the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo. Alexandra-based running club Alex Run starts its long-distance runs around the township from the Altrec Sports Centre. We've heard good things about the Natural Running Co who host runs at Delta Park and in Blairgowrie as well as the Run Zone Athletics Club in the Randburg area and the Jeppe Quondam Athletics Club in Bedfordview. 

If you're not familiar with the city or suburban roads, you can easily find running buddies using websites like Runner's World or the magazine's Twitter/X account.

Here's our list of running clubs we think you should join.


Run the Joburg streets with your friends, and Braamfie Runners. Photo: Braamfie Runners via Facebook. 

Braamfie Runners is still in the business of welcoming everyone in and outside Braamfontein as no sign-up is needed. Weekly runs happen on Tue and Thu at 18:00; Sat at 07:00. All runs start from 153 Smit Street and continue into surrounding areas such as Auckland Park, Westcliff, and Milkpark.
Meet at 153 Smit Service Road, Braamfontein.


ParkRun turns 20 this year, bringing hundreds of runners to Joburg's parks to take part in their weekly 5km running events (usually held every Sat at 08:00). These events are free and a great opportunity to get out and about early in the morning. No matter your fitness level you'll usually find somebody going at your pace. Many people also choose to walk the ParkRun. Joburg parks and nature reserves that host ParkRun events include Modderfontein Nature Reserve and Delta Park.
Find your nearest ParkRun here


Take on the streets of Rosebank with #Letthepeoplerun. Photo: Run Tell That via Instagram. 

#Letthepeoplerun is a group of road and trail runners who take part in weekly 4km, 6km, 8km, and 10km jaunts on Tue and Thu at 17:25 from Starbucks at Rosebank Mall. For those in the Parkview area, Wed evening runs start in February. Follow @run_tell_that for updates and running tips. 
Meet at Starbucks Rosebank, Corner Tyrwhitt and Cradock Avenues, Rosebank. 


The Pack is a running group for women, by women. Photo: The Pack Running via Instagram. 

The Pack is a running club with women in mind that also takes off from Rosebank. The Pack dominates the streets of Joburg with their weekly mixed-group runs (Tue, Wed and Thu at 17:30) and women-only runs at 06:30 on Sat. The Pack hopes to create a comfortable, safe, and empowering space for women while motivating each other along the way. Zama and Zonke Mthethwa, founders of The Pack, said in an interview for Superbalist's blog that the club is about "creating connections and friendships, all through this simple act of running”. Follow @thepackrunning for updates on runs as well as safety and health tips. 
Meet at the Nike Store at The Zone @ Rosebank


Pirates Road Running has been pounding the pavements since 1997. Photo: Pirates Road Running Club. 

The long-standing Pirates Road Running Club forms part of the Pirates Club, located between Parkhurst and Greenside. Time trials, which are 5km to 8km, happen every Tue at 17:45 and leave from the Pirates Bowling Club car park, opposite the entrance. Alternatively, take part in their Homerun series on Thu at 17:45 and Sun at 07:00. Non-members are welcome to join the run (wear bright, reflective clothing). Entries are open for their annual 21km run on Sun, Feb 18. Dubbed 'Over The Mountain', it's described as the toughest 21km run in Joburg (you have been warned!).
Meet at 25 Braeside Street, Greenside.


The Wanderers Running Club sets off for a 5km or 8km weekly time trial through the Melrose suburbs every Thu at 17:45, starting from the bottom cricket oval. Join them on the first Thur of each month for a braai after your exertions, and a raffle to win a pair of shoes. They also accept donations of old running shoes (just leave your old running shoes under the clock).
Meet at 21 North Street, Illovo. 


Never miss a Wednesday run with The Social Runners. They meet every Wed outside Central Square Gold's Gym Sandton at 17:20 and take to the Sandton streets by 17:30 for 5km to 6km runs with any pace welcome.
Meet at 5 Lower Road, Central Square, Sandton.


The Tyrone Harriers take to the roads from Croft & Co (that serves the best scrambled eggs in Joburg) in Parkview seven days a week for 10km to 15 km runs. They host daily runs that cater to different fitness levels covering different routes at different times of the morning, starting as early as 05:05 in the summer and 06:00 in the winter. And if the running didn't wake you up, each day's run is followed by coffee. 
Meet at Croft & Co, Cnr Tyrone Avenue and Ennis Road, Parkview.


The Team Vitality Running Club meets at theIR clubhouse on 1 Discovery Place in Sandton every Sat at 05:30 for 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, and 20 km streches and every Tue at 05:15 for 10 km and 15 km streches. Various pace groups are available.


"Joburg is really a car city – but if you wake early enough the streets are pretty and quiet, and you can greet spring and summer mornings with a two-legged sun salutation. While many roads and areas are perfectly safe for runners, even those running on their own, it’s always better to be safe than sorry – experienced runners know it’s not just crime you have to worry about but also inconsiderate drivers. Road runners should follow basic safety guides by running facing towards oncoming traffic, avoiding wearing headphones, and wearing light/bright/highly visible clothing. Running in groups also provides added safety, and extra eyes to watch out for obstacles like potholes and open manhole covers!" – Nechama Brodie, editor of The Joburg Book (Pan Macmillan) and an occasional runner of half-marathons.


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