Discovery Cape Times Big Walk - 13 November 2011



Stretch those weary legs and find your walking shoes. Big Walk Fever has hit town. It's that time of year again when Capetonians of all ages and sizes become super heroes for charity. "As a result of Capetonians stepping out for charity, the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk raised more than a million Rand for local charities last year," says event director, Tania Carolus.

South Africa's oldest and Cape Town's biggest sporting event, takes place on Sunday 13 November. The traditional event consists of ten varied distance walks all culminating on the extended fields of Rhodes High School and the St. Georges Grammar School allowing for smooth flow and a comfortable experience at the finish area.

By entering the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk, walkers are giving back to the community. Being a charity event, participants are walking for a great cause, as well as for their health.

First held in 1903, the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk still incorporates the historic 80km Cape Town to Simons Town and back route, together with nine more manageable distances.

The funds raised are earmarked for the three selected charities, as well as additional charity projects operated by the Rotary Club of Claremont and Spartan Harriers Athletic Club.

The charities are the following:

The Cancer Association of South Africa CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and all affected by cancer. As a leading role player in cancer research, the scientific findings and knowledge gained from the research are used to realign their health programs as well as strengthen their watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Nazareth House continues to provide a wonderfully caring and compassionate haven for more than 120 of the most vulnerable members of our society. They strive to provide a haven for destitute aged and children offering free service to all.

The Steenberg Foundation's primary goal is to empower young people who have left school for various socio economic reasons, to access their right to education, employment and business opportunities. The group started out serving the community of Steenberg, through which part of the Big Walk passes, and it has spread to serve wider areas of the Peninsula. The group now also staffs the Registration of the event.

Ten walks of varying distances make up the Big Walk, including the reinstating of the 20km walk which starts along the West Coast at Blouberg. The ten walks include the following:

Timed walks:

80km St. Georges Grammar School / Miller's Point / St. Georges Grammar School

50km Fish Hoek / Miller's Point / St. Georges Grammar School

30km Simon's Town / St. Georges Grammar School

25km Fish Hoek /St. Georges Grammar School

20km Blouberg/St. Georges Grammar School

Non-timed walks:

13km Retreat/ St. Georges Grammar School

12km Green Point Park/St Georges Grammar School

11km Gugulethu/ St. Georges Grammar School

10km Cape Town City/St. Georges Grammar School

5km Newlands / St. Georges Grammar School

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal for their efforts. Entry fees remain the same as 2010. "It's just another way for us to give back to those who invest in tangible change within our communities," says Carolus.

Entry fees are as follows:

Timed distances: 80, 50, 30, 25, 20km walks


Minimum age of 18 has been set for the 50 and 80km walks

Non-timed distances:

15km, 13km, 11km, 10km walks - R45

5km walk - R35

Entries open on Monday 1 October and will remain open till the 31st of the month or when 35 000 entries have been received, whichever comes first.

The traditional Little Big Walk, designed for children under 6 years old takes place at Ratanga Junction on Sunday, 4 November.

The Big Walk is held under the auspices of the Big Walk Trust, a joint initiative of Spartans Harriers and the Rotary Club of Claremont.

Entry forms are available through twenty-six branches of Totalsports stores in the Western Cape, the Cape Times offices in St George's Mall or online at