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Get ready Gauteng: the Discovery Vitality Run Series is back!

Press release   •   Jul 01, 2019 10:25 GMT

The highly anticipated Vitality Run Series (VRS) is back in Johannesburg and now, for the first time ever, Pretoria too.

“As a wellness company, it is key to provide South Africans with engaging platforms which encourage them to get active and live healthy lifestyles. This is even more important given the current health landscape in South Africa, which shows an ever-increasing burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Vitality, as a global business, have committed to making 100 million people 20% more active over the next five years, which is aligned to the World Health Organizations’ Global Action Plan on Physical Activity,” says Head of Vitality Wellness, Dr. Craig Nossel.

On this year’s targets, Dr Nossel said: “We aim to reach 60 000 participants in this year’s Gauteng Discovery Vitality Run Series as we continue to help drive sustained positive behaviour change, particularly in the running space”.

Entries to the Johannesburg Vitality Run Series have opened – with the most iconic races awaiting first-time and expert runners in Gauteng.

The VRS Gauteng edition kicks off on Sunday, 11 August, with the Old Eds Road Race with Discovery Vitality and is open to everyone, whether you’re running for fun or training to beat your personal best.

Then on Saturday, 19 October, the VRS will debut in Pretoria with the CSIR Half Marathon with Discovery Vitality – when the Jacarandas are in full bloom.

With each run, participants can choose the distance that suits their experience and fitness level (5 km, 10 km and 21.1 km). Not only is the VRS a great way to get out on the road with friends and family, runners will also receive a limited edition medal at each race and Vitality members earn bonus Vitality points. In the meantime, runners can start getting winter fit at weekly parkrun and myrun.

Here are all the race dates:


  • 1.Old Eds Road Race with Discovery Vitality (11 August 2019): Virgin Active Old Eds Sports Club
  • 2.Wanderers Road Race with Discovery Vitality (25 August 2019): The Wanderers Club, Illovo
  • 3.FIBO Africa Challenge with Randburg Harriers and Discovery Vitality (1 September 2019): Randburg
  • 4.Rockies Gerald Fox Memorial with G.Fox and Discovery Vitality (15 September 2019): Johannesburg Zoo


  • 1.CSIR Half Marathon with Discovery Vitality (19 October 2019): CSIR North Gate
  • 2.CSi Irene Farm Race with Discovery Vitality (26 October 2019): Irene
  • 3.BDS Road Race with Discovery Vitality (2 November 2019): Karenpark
  • 4.Tom Jenkins Challenge with Discovery Vitality (16 November 2019): Union Buildings

Team Vitality members get 50% cash back for each race in the series as well as discounted access to an exclusive Coach Parry online training programme. Keep an eye on the Discovery latest updates page for full entry details.


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About Vitality

Vitality is a wellness programme that encourages and rewards members as they get healthier. The programme was designed around three key areas that have the highest potential to impact health outcomes over the long term and address the global epidemic of chronic diseases of lifestyle. Vitality is structured around three steps: providing access to a network of health and wellness partners, encouraging knowledge and awareness around individual health risks and offering personal wellness solutions, as well as giving incentives that encourage positive behaviour change.

Vitality is today the largest scientifically-based wellness programme globally, with more than ten million lives impacted in 22 markets. It forms the foundation of the Global Vitality Network – an alliance of leading insurers worldwide who are applying the Vitality Shared-Value Insurance model in their markets. 

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