You have collected your race number and you’re ready to go! Here are some guidelines to help you get out on the road safely on Sunday, 1 October 2023.

Are dogs on a leash allowed?

Unfortunately not. Large crowds can often be overwhelming for our four-footed friends, so for their safety and yours leave them at home to enjoy a relaxing Sunday snooze..

Can you bring your baby in a pram?

You are welcome to bring along your little one in a pram to participate with you on the day, but please keep in mind that you will need to start at the back to avoid tripping up the other runners.

Can we bring cooler bags with drinks to enjoy while our families run?

Unfortunately not, but never fear, we’ve got you covered with a variety of food vendors who will be at the venue on the day.

Can I bring my own braai stand?

Unfortunately not, but there will be plenty of options from food vendors at the venue on the day.

Do kids pay to take part in the race?

If your little one can run on their own then they will need to pay an entrance fee, only children in prams can participate for free.

What is the cut-off time for the runners?

All participants will have 120 minutes to cross the finish line..

When does the prize giving start?

Make sure to join us at 10am for the prize giving and lucky draw.

Are wheelchairs allowed?

Regrettably, no mechanically operated devices, blades, cycles or wheelchairs are permitted to participate in the Challenge without special permission granted by the organisers.

When does the registration close?

Pre-entries close on 17 September 2023 at midnight but you can still enter at the venue from Wednesday, 27 September until Saturday, 30 September 2023.

Can I swop my race t-shirt for another size?

Unfortunately, no. T-shirts will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ensure that you indicate your correct size when you enter, as no exchanges will be allowed.

Where does the lucky draw slip go?

Lucky draw slips are torn off and placed in the draw bin by Athletics Club staff at the goodie bags collection point.

Is there a place for my tog bag?

Tog bag facilities are available at Marks Park Sports Club, please look out for the signage.

Can I collect my race number on the morning of the challenge?

You are welcome to collect your race number any time between 6am and 7am on Challenge day.

I have my race number and t-shirt, must I still go to registration on Challenge day?

You are all set to go, there is no need to go to registration on Challenge day.

Where does the race start?

The 5km fun run starts on the corner of Hill and Umgeni Roads. The 10km starts on the corner of Hill and Buffalo Roads.

I have won prize money; when will it be paid?

Prize money payments will be done every Friday, after the doping test results. Please check your account carefully before phoning to enquire.

Prize money will be paid after:

  • Results have been verified.
  • Organisers have received all prize winners’ banking details.
  • The doping test results have been received.

Must I wear the SPAR Women’s Challenge t-shirt?

Although it is not compulsory, SPAR would appreciate it.

Why are only women allowed to win prizes while men run the race to support them?

Because it is a women’s Challenge. Yes, men can also take part but they do not qualify for any lucky draws or prizes at the prize giving. They will, however, receive a goodie bag and a medal.

Will there be medical assistance available at the race?

Yes. There will be a clearly marked medical tent on the field manned by qualified staff.

Is there water along the route?

There are two refreshment stations on the 10km route and one refreshment station on the 5km fun run route.

Where can we park?

There is ample parking available in the designated parking areas. Please look out for the official SPAR Women’s Challenge Jozi parking officers who will be wearing bright yellow SPAR bibs. You should only follow directions from our officials and not from any other parking guard in order to park in one of our safe designated areas. For more information, please visit

How do I show off my time?

10km participants will receive a SMS directly after the race with their provisional time and position. Race results will be available on the website:

Who benefits from this year’s Challenge?

This year’s race charities are the Smile Foundation and Reach for Recovery, so you will be helping children and women smile again after life-changing surgery.