Updated 28 January 2015

Become a trail runner in 10 weeks with OptiFit

Are you a 5km runner who is tired of running on TAR and is looking for an escape? Then trail running might be your answer. The constant change in terrain, the mentally refreshing stillness in the heart of a forest or on a mountain peak and the amazing camaraderie make it an unbeatable activity.

Whilst trail running can be a lot of fun, it can also be quite challenging. Thus OptiFit, which runs in association with the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA), has developed a 10 week course to help you learn the skills to complete a 10 to 12km intermediate level trail run.

Read: Trail running 101

What the course entails

The course includes two weekday and one weekend session weekly where you are trained by caring runners who are also sports scientists/biokineticists. 

During these sessions – we will help you master the skills and gain confidence on sidestepping roots, scrambling across rocks, running through streams, traversing up fairly steep climbs and other such technicalities. We will also provide you with useful tips about trail running gear, groups to train with and stunning events on the calendar. We do basic health and fitness assessments at the beginning and end of the course.

The target event is the spectacular Jonkershoek 10km trail event on Sunday, 3 May 2015– organized by Wildrunner Events.

Read: Trail running tips

Who can participate?

The entrance requirements for the OptiFit trail course are to be able to run 5km and to be uninjured with no major risk factors.

On joining the programme, you will attend an introductory workshop, and receive a starter–pack to get you going. This includes a trendy OptiFit Inspired 2Run running top, a discount voucher to the Sweatshop and several others and a basic biomechanics assessment. Participants are also given a few guest passes to our SSISA’s Wellness and Fitness Centre as well as the opportunity to join our gym at special rates.

The course kicks off Monday 23 February and there are limited spots, so sign up now. Let us help you to discover the beauty of our natural surrounds on foot - whilst shaping up your body, revitalising your mind and refreshing your spirit simultaneously.

For further information and secure a place on the programme, e-mail or phone/text message Maryse Pretorius on 082 740 3410 and visit for upcoming events. 

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