Road closures, parking and entries – all you need to know before the Spar Women’s Race

Get those running shoes out quickly because the Spar Women’s Race Joburg is upon us.

If you have not been following our notices ahead of this thrilling event in the Emmarentia and Greenside areas, here is some important information you need to know, whether running or not.

The 26th annual race on 8 October is expected to draw 16 000 runners who will take part in a 10km challenge and 5km fun run, starting and finishing at Marks Park Sports Club. The runs start at 8am.

Road closures

The following intersections will be closed from 5am until 10am:

  • Corner of Judith Road and Beyers Naudé Drive
  • Corner of Judith Road and Barry Hertzog Avenue
  • Corner of Barry Hertzog Avenue and Sabie Road
  • Corner of Sabie and Rustenburg roads
  • Corner of Barry Hertzog Avenue and Umgeni Road
  • Corner of Komatie Street and Greenhill Road
  • Corner of Komatie Street and Troon Road
  • Corner of Troon and Hill roads
  • Corner of Troon and Orange roads
  • Corner of Orange and Letaba roads
  • Corner of Orange and Illovo roads
  • Corner of Orange and Mazoe roads.


Several parking options are available for those running the race.

A parking map and directions to the parking areas can be found on the Spar race information web page at

Parking areas B, C and D are available to all on a first-come, first-serve basis. Access is on Orange Road and Louw Geldenhuys Drive. Marshals in the area can direct you there and help you enter and leave the parking area.

Roosevelt High School, off Thomas Bowler Road, is parking area F. Access will be open from 5am but parking will cost R50 per vehicle. There are 300 parking spots. These will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Parking area A is available for VIPs, the disabled, and management and emergency services. Access is at the Marks Park main gate on Judith Road. Again, marshals will be on hand for assistance.



In-store and online entries are closed. Late entries will be charged at R90 each and will be available at Marks Park Sports Club from 10am to 4pm from 5 to 7 October. On race day, entries can be submitted from 6am to 7.30am. Make it a day out with the family. There will be supervised children’s areas, food stalls and plenty entertainment.

The first 10 000 entries will receive a My Joburg Race magazine. The first 16 000 entries will receive a one-size-fits-all T-shirt. The first 16 000 participants to cross the finish line will each receive a medal and a goodie bag.



Included in the event is the Drop off a Pair, Show you Care campaign that Spar and Caxton Local Media co-host. The initiative collects running shoes for those in need.

So participants are asked to bring their old, almost old or newish running shoes to one of Caxton’s Joburg branches or to the race.

Proceeds from the event will go to Reach for Recovery, a support group for women with breast cancer.

Details: Caxton’s Joburg offices are situated at 368 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall, and 1 187 Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park.

Also read: Spar Women’s Race: A few words from an Olympian 

Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Warrior Ric dance to the smooth sounds of Denim at the media launch of the Spar Women’s Rae Joburg. Photo: Nicholas Zaal.

Will you take part in the Spar Women’s Race Joburg? What are you looking forward to most at this year’s event? 

Nicholas Zaal

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