By: Matthew Robertson
Over the past few weeks, the anticipation and excitement had built up to an almost explosive degree. In a time when colour runs seem to dominate the ‘fun run’ scene, the Neon Run has sprung onto the fitness/fun scene with bright, bold and enticing appeal.
In spite of some seriously threatening weather, the Cape Town Neon Run stunned neon-clad eclectics with what must have been the best fun run I have ever run. Hours before the starter’s pistol, the vibe had already been cemented as electric. Warming up with a few open spinning classes, Planet Fitness trainers had the crowd stretching their limbs (on one seriously nippy evening) on the bikes.
Ricc Rix was next on the line-up, followed by Shortstraw. Poppy Ntshongwana also took to the stage and blew the crowd away. With an incredible set, she gave the runners one final dose of chutzpa as we were herded towards the start line. Pumped and ready for the next 5kms, the party was as much at the start line as it was at the DJ booth.
The race roared off to a great start as runners (unable to actually run because of the size of the crowd) danced and bounced their way from the stadium, towards the Sea Point promenade, and then back towards the stadium.
The glow stations en route were an awesome addition that gave runners the chance to take a few quick pics whilst lit up like neon Christmas trees. Almost too quickly, the 5kms was soon over and everyone was back on the dance floor charging on with the party to the sounds of Dean FUEL. This international DJ has played beside some of the world’s top DJ’s and had the Neon Runners begging for more.
The Kiffness, Roger Goode and Chris Taylor took the party late into the evening and ensured this was a race not to be missed. This is one event NOT to let slip you by. Cape Town is ALREADY looking forward to the next Neon Run!