Welcome to the Slave Route Challenge


A unique race with a heritage and historic significance.  This event traces the ‘slave route’ and honours those who built Cape Town.

The Slave Route Challenge brings together people from all walks of life.  The avid runner can enjoy a Half Marathon or a 10km Run and novices can enjoy the 10km Big Walk or the 5km Fun Run / Walk. It truly encapsulates the spirit of Ubunthu!

The Slave Route Challenge takes you from The City Hall through District 6, Gardens, Company Gardens, Wale Street, BoKaap, Sea Point (Cape Town Stadium), Green Point (Fort Wynyard), CBD and back down Darling Street into the Castle of Good Hope and the finish on the Grand Parade.

Runners and walkers are given the opportunity to run and walk in District Six and the BoKaap, to marvel at the beauty and cultural diversity of Cape Town, to experience the heritage sites, to run through the Castle of Good Hope, to appreciate our cultural diversity and to embrace other Capetonians.

The route was selected because it passes heritage sites like the whipping post where slaves were whipped, the hurling swing pump where slaves had to pump water for their masters, the company bell that rang to call slaves, gallows hill where slaves were executed, the Castle where slaves were imprisoned and tortured and the slave tree plaque where slaves were sold.

In the BoKaap the runners and walkers enjoy a traditional Cape Malay Koesister! A sweet spicy delicacy! (Sponsored by Spice Mecca)

This year the Race Beneficiary is