When Philippa Jephson was looking for a way to combine her passion for travel, languages, culture, meeting new people and running, she created Run Cape Town, a personalized and guided running tour service operating in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
The concept for Run Cape Town originates in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Philippa lived and worked as a running guide for “Urban Running Tours”. Her task was to take tourists on a tour of the city, point out some of the important historical sights and share information about the history and culture of Buenos Aires – all on the run! And while it may sound like a strange way to experience the sights and sounds of a city, the response to the tours was always fantastic.
Cape Town – with its breathtaking backdrop of Table Mo Blouberg Beach Run
Join us for an exciting run along the Blouberg Beachfront. Get up close and personal with the locals while we run along the beach front.
This run is one of the few viewpoints in the world from where you can see two proclaimed World Heritage sites; namely, Table Mountain and Robben Island. You will have many opportunities to take photographs of Table Mountain.
On this run, you will also view ‘Ons Huisie’ the last remaining original fisherman’s cottage in the area. Your local guide will share the history and anecdotes about the area with you as you enjoy the magnificent views of the Mother City.
The running tour can be adapted to 5km, 8km or 10km routes. The run will include road, pathways, and beach. The full 10km route takes approximately 1 hour and you will have a great opportunity to view sea life such as whales, dolphins, and seals that regularly visit this coastline.
Historical City Centre Run
Running the city rocksRun in the footsteps of van Riebeeck and discover Cape Town’s rich heritage.
Join us for this classic sightseeing running tour of the city center of Cape Town. Running past historic icons like the Castle of Good Hope and City Hall, as well as through the Company’s Gardens – a peaceful oasis in the bustling CBD – and the colorful Bo-Kaap, you have a unique opportunity to learn more about Cape Town’s past.
Get a feel for the vibe of the city by running through its streets, while a local guide shares the history and anecdotes about the places you’re passing.
The city center running tour can be adapted to 5km, 8km or 12km routes, with the 12km option passing through the Green Point Park, along some of the Sea Point Promenade and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The full 12km route takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes – a great opportunity to get up close and personal with all the major sights of Cape Town, against the backdrop of our beautiful Table Mountain.
Lions Head Trail Run
Pristine single track and fantastic sunset sights.
Get off the beaten track and onto pristine mountain trails to enjoy a spectacular run around the base of Lion’s Head. Lion’s Head was originally called “Leeuwen Kop” by the Dutch, as this 669m peak stretching above the city looks like a proud lion watching over his kingdom.
Forming part of the Table Mountain Nature reserve, Lion’s Head is known for breathtaking views of the entire Table Mountain Amphitheatre, Atlantic Seaboard, Table Bay and the city of Cape Town. It is incredible to find yourself in such a peaceful and quiet environment so close to the city!
Your running guide will share some information about the history of Robben Island, as well as the Kramats which form an important part of the Cape’s Islamic history. Run along the spine of Lion’s Head to Signal Hill to discover the oldest living tradition in Cape Town: the firing of the Noon Gun at Lion Battery.
Table Mountain Trail Run
Enjoy a challenging trail run on one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders.
We begin our running tour with a gentle climb up onto a contour path of Table Mountain and enjoy a challenging run along the face of the mountain, across the Platteklip Gorge and towards Devil’s Peak.
The run offers incredible views of the entire city bowl – from Devil’s Peak across to Lion’s Head – a great alternative to seeing the city from the top of our beautiful mountain!
To return to the starting point, we can either cruise back along the tarred road, completing a distance of approximately 8km, or take a more adventurous run along the undulating trails through the top of Deer Park, taking the run to a distance of 11km.
False Bay Coastal Run
Running in Cape Town
Enjoy sleepy fishing villages and beautiful views, stretching all the way to Simon’s Town, on this gentle road run, with trail options.
The meeting point for this run is Muizenberg Beach, Surfer’s Corner. From here we run along the beach promenade through St James towards Kalk Bay, greeting the fishermen and seals in the harbor on the way.
Now it’s time to choose: we can either cruise up to Boyes Drive and run back along the tar for some more sensational views of False Bay, or we can spice things up and venture a little further up into the mountains behind Clovelly for some beautiful trail running paths.
The distance can be adapted from a 7km road run along Boyes drive to around 10km (or more) if you’d like to include some trail running in the mountains. And, if time allows, you can end your run with a refreshing dip in the sea and some “lekker” coffee on the beach at Muizenberg!
Newlands Pub Run
Get to know the leafy, historical suburbs of Newlands and Rondebosch, and visit well-known Cape Town landmarks like the beautiful University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Rugby Stadium.
The meeting place is Forries – an authentic, old-style English pub in the heart of Newlands – with the idea that we will spoil ourselves afterward with some well-deserved post-run beer tasting!
Our run takes us up and up and into the lovely Newlands Forest – where we cover some trails & take in the awesome views of the city – before reaching Rhodes Memorial to find out more about the legendary mining magnate and founder of the country formerly known as Rhodesia, Cecil John Rhodes.
We then meander our way back down the slopes of the mountain through the University of Cape Town and run along the scenic Liesbeeck Parkway, past Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, with an optional visit to the Newlands Brewery*.
Run Gugs running in Gugulethu in Cape TownEnjoy an informative running tour of Gugulethu township.
Travel a little further afield to join our fantastic local running guide, Vincent Ntunja, for a running tour through the streets of the township of Gugulethu, just 20 minutes outside of Cape Town.
The name Gugulethu comes from the Xhosa words “igugu lethu” which mean “our pride”, and this township was established in the 1960s.
Visit the important historical landmarks in Gugs, including the Amy Biehl Memorial, the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Gugulethu Sports complex, and enjoy some refreshments at Mzoli’s (one of Gugs’ most visited braai (barbecue) spots) afterward.
This run is about more than just clocking distances and speed; it’s about soaking up the atmosphere of this vibrant community, interacting with the people you come across in the streets, learning more about the sometimes tragic history of the area, as well as seeing how far Gugs has come and how the people have united and grown with an enormous sense of pride and love for their ‘hood.
Run Cape Town Does Darling
A morning of trail running, wine, olive and beer tasting in the village of Darling – an hour up the West coast from Cape Town.
Run Cape Town – Sightseeing on the Run has paired up with Darling Brew, craft brewers based in Darling, to offer a half-day tour of Darling.
We meet at the Slow Quarter, Darling Brew’s tap room (in Darling’s Main Road) at 8 am in summer (a little later in winter) and the entire tour lasts approximately 5 hours. Thereafter guests are welcome to stay and enjoy a leisurely afternoon, sampling the variety of beers offered by Darling Brew at the Slow Quarter.
Run Cape Town Corporate Running Events – Unique, Active and Authentic Sightseeing!
With an increase in the numbers of local and visiting runners, we have found that guided running tours have quickly become a popular corporate event – both as a team building exercise and as an active yet cultural activity that can be incorporated into the schedule of a conference or incentive programme.
The beauty of a running tour is that participants get to sightsee and exercise at the same time. A running tour can take place in the early morning, at midday or in the late afternoon – all around the scheduled business activities and meetings of the day.
Participants are met at their place of accommodation and guided through the city by local Cape Town running guides back to the starting point, providing an eco-friendly service that gets business visitors to Cape Town out of the confines of the boardroom or the hotel gym!
For corporate events, we recommend a Historical City Centre Running Tour, which traces the founding of the city of Cape Town and takes in the major historical landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, the City Hall, Company’s Gardens, the Bo-Kaap and the V & A Waterfront.
Routes can be adapted to distances of 5km – 12km.
Additional routes (which may require transport to/from the starting point) include:
Lion’s Head Trail Run: Pristine single track and fantastic 360-degree views (5km or 9km options)
Table Mountain Trail Run: Run across a contour path on the face of one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World (approx. 7km)
Run Gugulethu: Get up-close-and-personal with the sights, sounds, and people of this thriving community, with a local “Gugs” running guide (5km – 10km options)
Run Cape Town Does Darling: a trail run followed by a half day of tasty local treats, including olive, wine & beer tasting followed by lunch, in the West Coast town of Darling (5km – 7km run)
Tailor-made routes specific to a particular location/point of interest can also be organized.