After launching and hosting successful road trips and cycling events like the National Braai Tour and the Tour de Braai, Jan Braai is now looking to encourage trail runners to slow down, smell the bouquet and eat the boerewors from 18 to 20 October this year.
The JanBraai Marathon, a three-day trail run in the Breedekloof Wine Valley, was launched last year to great success.
The run, a celebration of wine, braai, vineyards and beautiful scenery, places an emphasis on enjoying the natural environment and uniting around a fire during and after the run.
Wine on the run
Day one is an 8km night run, day two is 21km and the final day is 13km. The night run starts at 7pm so that runners don’t have to worry about taking a day's leave with the Breedekloof Valley located just over an hour's drive from Cape Town.
“We are a running-mad country with some of the best events in the world, but our aim with the JanBraai Marathon is not to look for personal bests or world record times," says Jan.
"What we really want is for runners to come and enjoy the beautiful Breedekloof Wine Valley, taste the region’s amazing wines and, naturally, enjoy a braai or three."
To break the traditional standards of running events in South Africa, the JanBraai Marathon features wine-tasting tables during each of the three days, all backed up with roaring braai fires. For something completely unique, the JanBraai Marathon also starts the second day’s run with Deetlefs MCC and roosterkoek for breakfast.
Last year, at the debut JanBraai Marathon, the brave and adventurous early adopters were treated to stunning trails, chilled wine and live music.
Excellent food and wine
“This was an extremely well-run and organised event,” said 2018 participant Sacha Olivier. “We loved the cold beers on the finish line, and the band on the Friday night was fantastic. The food and wine was excellent throughout the entire weekend. It was so much fun, a fabulous weekend and we enjoyed it so much that we have already entered for next year!”
Runners all finished with smiles on their faces and with a new appreciation for their running and wine drinking abilities. Some even walked the entire event, no doubt also taking their time at the wineries visited en route.
“From start to finish, the JanBraai Marathon was great, top drawer. The food was great, the wine was world class and nothing was too much trouble for the organisers. We laughed, walked, ran, made friends and spent three incredible days in nature!”
Tasting on the trail
For Jan Braai, the marathon is the perfect way to experience the wine of the region. ”I don't think there is a better way to taste wine than actually running through the cellars and vineyards," says Jan.
"While the run is three days long, and does add up to 42km, we designed the route to make it manageable for all runners. If you have a pair of running shoes, or ever thought of buying a pair of running shoes, or even once saw someone run in a pair of running shoes, then the JanBraai Marathon is for you."
Once again, at this year’s event, runners won't find a jelly-baby in sight at the water points, but rather iconic braai foods like boerewors rolls, chicken sosaties and braai broodjies.
Runners will be able to register from 4pm onwards on the Friday of the run, with the event officially getting underway at 7pm. "The local wine farmers and land owners have been very supportive of our requests, and they will be bringing out their best wines for the wine tables. We look forward to seeing you this October!,” says Jan.
The important info
When: 18 - 20 October 2019
Where: Goudini Spa, Breedekloof Wine Valley
The ATKV Goudini Spa Resort is around an 80-minute drive from Cape Town, 60 minutes from Stellenbosch and Durbanville, and just 40 minutes from Paarl.
What: Three-day trail run
Day 1: 8km night run
Day 2: 21km
Day 3: 13km
Entry fee: R 3 500 per person
Wineries: Badsberg, Deetlefs, Meander Wines, Du Toitskloof Wines, Jason’s Hill and Slanghoek Cellar.
- Food. Dinner on Friday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
- Incredible wine tables with braais.
- Goodie bag that includes world class gifts.
- Daily finisher beer.
- Access to all event images.
- Access to event village, private vineyard trails and running routes.
- The services of the friendly Braai Team at your disposal.
- Live music and DJ throughout the weekend.
- Event security, route marshals and an experience to remember.
- A finisher medal that proves you ran a marathon!