Shedding neon light on a popular race

Come join in on the spectacle that is the Neon Run on 2 September at St Stithians College.


By now most people have heard that SA’s most luminous race, the Neon Run, will be hitting Jozi soon.

Taking place on 2 September, the 5km race is fun for the whole family and a sparkling experience filled with entertainment and neon lights that will have everyone aglow with excitement.

There isn’t too much to be stressed about, but for any first-timers requiring a little guidance, here are some handy tips to get the most out of this highly anticipated event. Even if you have never walked that distance before, with a little practice, you too can shine on the night.

  • The race can be walked, run, cycled or skated
  • Be sure to wear a pair of race-ready shoes. A new pair will need to be broken in so that they are comfy, so either stick with your old faithful’s or use your new takkies for a while beforehand to avoid blisters
  • A little practice beforehand is not a bad idea. Gather up a group of friends and start working those muscles. There is still plenty of time to squeeze in a little race rehearsal. Start slow and do short walks, then increase the distance gradually
  • There are a number of websites and apps that have a ‘couch to 5k’-type training programme that you can follow
  • Eat healthily. Have wholesome meals before the race. Smaller portions of proteins and carbs are ideal to provide you with the energy needed on the day and be sure to hydrate before the race but slow down 30 minutes prior
  • Whilst running, sip on your water, instead of taking big gulps
  • Be sure to maintain activity for about 10 minutes after the race is completed. Cooling down exercises will prevent stiffness the following day. Once cooled down, be sure to eat in small amounts. Exercising burns calories which need to be topped up to avoid feeling ill.

In the end, the point is to enjoy the sights and sounds of this spectacular event, so the best thing you can do to prepare is to get excited to light up the night with neon colours – and have a blast while doing it.

Joburg Neon Run to light up St Stithians College

Details: Saturday 2 September, St Stithians College, Sandton. Doors open at 2 pm and festival closes at 11:30 pm. Early bird tickets are limited and available at for R180.


Are you taking part in the Neon Run? Let us know if you will be running or cycling by tweeting to us!

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