The Bat Run is an annual race held on a late February or early March night around full moon. The event involves a night run/walk up 3 of Cape Town's most famous mountains - Devils Peak, Table Mountain and Lions Head!

Starting at the Kloofnek parking area at 19h00 racers proceed to the top of Devils Peak. From there its back to the road and then up to the top of Table Mountain (Maclears Beacon). Exhausted competitors are not done yet though because runners still have to proceed down Table Mountain before heading up and down Lions Head. The total race distance is about 26km - with more than 1700m of climbing!

The event is extremely well organised with plenty of facilitators, snacks provided, and a strong emphasis on safety. There are some serious competitors who manage the whole event in around 4 hours, but there is a general fun atmosphere with many runners taking 7+ hours.

  • This is a long and tough event - make sure that you have enough water and snacks (Gu was a sponsor in 2008)
  • Ensure that you have the necessary safety equipment (head torch, whistle, space blanket, rain gear, etc)
  • Get to know the routes ahead of time. This really helps when trying to find you way around at night
  • Have fun!
All the proceeds of the batrun goes to the JAG foundation, check out their facebook site for more info and photos;
prizes are sponsored by:

Quick Info

What a GREAT 2015 Bat Run!  Thank you to all the runners for running safely and having fun; we didn't lose anyone and we appreciated the all the big smiles!  Thank you to all the excellent volunteers who helped out - this run could never happen without you.  Thank you also to TMNP for allowing us to run on the Mountain at night (we are the only approved after hours event!) and to NCC for their help in making sure we take care of the environment.  Finally, you may have noticed the give-away cooler bag was sponsored by PWC... so a BIG thank you to them for allowing us to give even more to charity!  This year, the Bat Run had a surplus of more than R14,000 which will sponsor race entry fees & transportation costs for the JAG runners of the province.

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