Wits Parkrun



Wits Parkrun, Wits parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 8:00am in Wits University, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s for fun or as part of a training plan.



It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!



Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Olives & Plates at the Wits Club – please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.





So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own “running journey” or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

What is Wits parkrun?

It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 8:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Wits University, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Wits parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers – email witsjohannesburghelpers@parkrun.com to help.

We’re friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Olives & Plates at the Wits Club – please come and join us!