The Energizer Light Race is set to light up the Soweto night

Soweto night ride - Dube railway bridge

Now that I’ve moved up Jozi, I’ve noticed the there is decidedly less going on for the runners, cyclists and walkers than in the Mother City. All outdoor enthusiasts in Gauteng will be pleased to know that The Energizer Light Race has been confirmed for later this year, where we’ll get to race the streets, dirt tracks and single track footpaths of Soweto, lit up at night to display the iconic South African township in all of its dazzling glory. On Saturday 10th May 2014 there will be various events, including a 20km mountain biking event, a 10km run and a 5km walk. The whole idea is that as you move along the route, you’ll be entertained by the sights and sounds of a truly South African experience, capping proceedings off at Mofolo Park, where all the routes begin and end with a big jol.

Energizer will illuminate the safe and guided routes, which vary slightly for each of the three events. The Soweto street culture will be bright with energy and light, and entrants can expect to move to the beat of Zulu drums and Pantsula dancers, as they travel past the Orlando Towers; the famed Vilakazi street, which is home to two Nobel peace prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu; through shack settlements and onto the Mandela House Museum. Local is definitely lekker for this event, as refreshments will be available at spaza shops and the Sakhumzi and Sedibeng restaurants. At Mofolo Park, DJ Milkshake, George the Beatboxer and the talented Laser Dancers will be keeping the crowd lit up from 6pm onwards, and there will be plenty of food and drink available from local shisanyama’s and African cuisine caterers. The mountain bike race kicks off at 6:30, with the 10km run following at 6:45 and the 5km walk leaving last at 7:15pm. The entertainment will only end at midnight, so there will be plenty of time for racers and bystanders alike to party the night away.
Soweto night ride - cyclists at Mandela House
According to Rashmi Vadivelu, Brand Manager for Energizer, this is going to be a very special day:

“We wanted to create something that embodied the ‘get-up-and-go’ spark and spirit of our brand. This event definitely does that – and we are looking forward to seeing everyone shine on the night.”

All participants must enter online at, and spectator tickets are available from the site as well. Early bookings are essential to avoid disappointment as tickets and entries are limited. Entrants will receive a fantastic Energizer hamper, and there are several convenient registration venues to choose from, including the Cycle Lab in Fourways, The Creative Counsel Offices (on Corner of Corlett Drive, Opposite Melrose Arch) and Maponya Mall, Soweto.

This unmissable event is a must for fitness lovers, Afro-chic partygoers and those who love the vibrant culture and history that Soweto has to offer. Get glowing with the Energizer Light Race and set the night alight. For more information, go to

Race routes:

10km trail run

Leaving the starting point at Mofolo Park, the route will pass Nancefield Zulu Hostel, goover the bridge at Dube Station and along the small stream with the suburb of Klipspruit on the right, turning left at the Power Park Dam and the Orlando Towers. It will then pass through Nomzamo Shack settlement, crossing over the railway bridge in Orlando adjacent to Orlando Stadium through to Vilakazi street before heading back through Dube Village to Mofolo Park.

Soweto night ride - Orlando sunset

5km walk

The walk will start at Mofolo Park, then heads into Dube village past the Ubuntu Kraal and Winnie Mandela’s home before crossing over the Orlando Koppie. It then moves onto Vilakazi street before heading back through Dube Village to Mofolo Park.

20km mountain bike race

The route begins at Mofolo Park and follows the wetland north to Dorothy Nyembe Park, circling this park before passing Sedibeng Restaurant. It moves through Dube Hostel then heads to Mzimhlope with, before turning back with Orlando Stadium on the left heading to Vilakazi Street. It then briefly joins the runners and walkers along Vilakazi street before heading past Winnie Mandela’s house and back to Mofolo Park.

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