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Jacaranda FM’s Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp all hyped up at the start of the 2018 Discovery Jacaranda FM Spring Walk
Jacaranda FM’s Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp all hyped up at the start of the 2018 Discovery Jacaranda FM Spring Walk

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Winter will soon be a thing of the past and around the corner there’s a great way to get off the couch, out of those winter onesies and come back to life: the Discovery Jacaranda FM Spring Walk - Gauteng’s favourite way to officially kick off spring.

This highly popular, annual event for the whole family draws thousands every year and will celebrate its 8th birthday on Saturday the 14 September 2019 – taking place at the iconic Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. It promises to be a day of being active, having fun in the sun and spending time with your loved ones.

All the routes explore the lush Jacaranda City and provide for all fitness levels including those who want to walk or run 5km, 10km and walk 15 km.

Apart from the running experience, Discovery and Jacaranda FM will, as always, make this year’s experience even better than in the past, with live entertainment from some of SA’s top stage acts.

The Jacaranda FM presenters will be out in full force to entertain walkers, runners and those who just come through to enjoy the electric vibe before the prize giving.

Good news for the little ones is that there will also be a kiddies’ area where tons of fun can be had.

Those who attend are welcome to bring their own, alcohol-free picnic baskets to enjoy after the walk, but a variety of food and drinks stalls will also be available to carb up and quench your thirst.

“It’s quite a sight to see thousands of people from all over Gauteng and SA, and all walks of life, taking to the streets of Pretoria just as it starts to bloom with new life,” says Jacaranda FM’s General Manager, Kevin Fine. “Whether you’re a more serious runner or simply there to enjoy a leisurely walk in the company of your loved ones, spend time with the Jacaranda FM family and some of your other celebrity favourites, as well as being treated to stellar entertainment, this is THE way to get your favourite part of the year of to a great start.”

“September marks the start of Spring but is also Heart Awareness Month – making it the perfect time to start a simple, healthy habit like brisk walking,” says Discovery’s Head of Experiential Marketing, Iona Maclean. “Our sponsorship of this family-friendly walk aligns with Vitality’s global commitment to make 100 million people more physically active by 2025 – a goal that’s increasingly important given the rise in chronic diseases worldwide. Exercise can reduce stress, give you more energy, help you sleep better and reduce your risk of heart disease – so we’re encouraging people of all ages and fitness levels to sign up for the Discovery Jacaranda Spring Walk, and enjoy this delightful outdoor event together.”

If you’re a Discovery Vitality member, you’ll be extra-pleased to know that you can claim Vitality fitness points for participating in the Spring Walk. You will earn 800 points for the 5km walk and run, 1 100 points for the 10km walk and run and 1 100 for the 15km walk.

In ensuring that all participants are well hydrated and safe, there will be water points every 3km on all routes, full medical facilities will be available throughout and the walk will be managed in accordance with ASA and AGN rules.

The entry fee is R160, with under 16s and over 60s paying an entry fee of only R110. Babies and toddlers under 2 years can enter for free.

To enter, and for full event rules, visit


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079 532 9852


Anele Madikizela




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About Discovery

Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment and wellness markets. Since inception, Discovery has been guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. This has manifested in its globally recognised Vitality Shared-Value insurance model, exported to over 19 countries and reaching over 11 million members. Discovery trades on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, with a market cap of $7 billion.

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