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Road Running Newsletter - July 2016 

Time fly’s…

Hard to believe that 6 months of the year has gone by with so much that has happened and of course so much to look forward too! It is really special see so many members running, getting stronger and most of all enjoying their running.

Winter remains a challenge for most, but it must be said that one should NOT allow the conditions to dictate our exercise routines! Stay warm and stay active.

The Saturday and Sunday runners, as well as the early weekday pack runs, have been setting fantastic examples for the rest, braving the early morning conditions!

Well done guys!

Pack runs














Our furry friend (Duke), seen above, also managed a PB with his run… Well done Duke!  

Looking back to June…

Our race of the month for June was the Don Lock 8 and 15k road race (05 June).  A huge thank you to Orlando and Lee Anne Ely and their kids for setting up in the cold and welcoming home the members of the “red army”, it is very much appreciated #teamEly!










Proud moment for Nicola Hooper with a podium finish… 1st in the 8k & 9th in the 15k. Well done Nicola!

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Happy CMSC runners finishing at the Don Lock race!

Exciting New Kit…

A huge thank you to all the members who attended the KIT EVENING (Thursday, 30 June). It was a great opportunity to have a look at all the new kit and catch up with fellow club members. It was a great success.












Please remember that the kit is available to order from Estelle Kock and you can email her at  for further details.

Remember you can EFT payments to the club and send a confirmation to Estelle.

Our banking details are:

Account: Cape Multisport Club
Bank: FNB
Branch: Willowbridge
Account : 62184973876
Branch Code: 210655 

Looking ahead…

Our race of the month is the FAIRBRIDGE MALL 15km road race as well a 6km family event. Please join our hosts Conrad Koorts and JP Roux at this event…


You can enter on the day!

Our AUGUST race of the month – 06 August 2016

Our race of the month in August is the Pick ‘n Pay 5km fun run & 21.1km road race! Come and join your host, Ruth Masureik and the “red army” for an amazing day out…

Date:              6 August
Venue:            Brackenfell Primary School
Distance:        21km; 10km; 5km
Starting Time: 21km – 06:00;  10km – 06:30;  5km – 07:15
Cost:              TBC
Registration:   TBC

Exciting event coming up…

The Newbie Run – Saturday 30th July 2016








  • We want to invite all our NEW and current members to a pack run.
  • The aim is to meet all the NEW RUNNING MEMBERS of the club.
  • The run will be followed by a breakfast roll with some hot coffee and a chat.

Please follow events on our Facebook Page for further information:

Weekend Club Runs…










Saturday pack runs:

  • Start at 6am at Vida Edward street, Bellville (next to Nando’s)
  • Normally has a distance of 10 &15k.
  • All paces welcome.

Sunday pack runs:

  • Starts at 6:30am at Vida Durbanville (corner of Wellington and Oxford Streets)
  • Has distances of 15 & 20k’s
  • All paces welcome.

Please remember:

  • Bring a headlight, mornings are dark.
  • Dress warmly.
  • Come with your happy face! 

Are YOU wanting to host a pack run?

Hosting a pack run is really simple.

  1. Choose a day/date you would like to host.
  2. Get a route. Struggling? I will point you in the right direction…
  3. Explain to the pack on the day…
  4. Run and enjoy!

Please remember:

  1. You can choose to be either a running host (where you run along)
  2. Or a driving host (where you have water stops at certain points along the route)
  3. The choice is up to YOU!

Weekday Pack Runs:

For those of you who prefer the morning runs, we have two groups starting at the Kenridge Vineyard Deli:

The Crazies:

  • Run at 04: 45 from the deli most mornings and usually 10-11 k’s.
  • There are times when we change the scenery and run from the Durbanville Rose Garden.
  • All paces welcome.

The Deli Dudes:    

  • The Dudes start at 05:15.
  • Distances are usually 8-10k’s.
  • All paces welcome

Please remember:

  • Bring a headlight, mornings are dark.
  • Dress warmly.
  • Come with your happy face! 

An inspirational story…

Two brothers with Autism flourish after taking up running!

Mom of twin brothers with autism: "Running has sharpened their focus and reduced their anxiety."

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Mom, Robyn Kay Schneider, has chronicled her family's relentless pursuit of happiness amidst daily adversity. Her identical twin sons, Alex and Jamie, were diagnosed as children with severe autism, but they eventually discovered their passion and talent for running despite enormous challenges. When they're laced up in their running shoes, they find freedom, bliss and fun.

Autism is at an all-time high and is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States . Almost 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. And there are more runners in the United States than ever before—approximately 51 million recreational runners. According to "Running USA," there has been a 47 percent increase in the number of marathon finishers in U.S. races in the last 12 years.

Alex and Jamie Schneider have emerged as celebrated runners throughout the country, and, with their parents' vigorous efforts, they've reached a place where running, rather than autism, defines them. "Physical activity can lead to short term improvement in attention span and activity level and a reduction in stereotypies," says Dr. Max Wiznitzer, autism expert at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. "An improvment in confidence can occur because they are successful in the activity. Plus, the public display of doing an activity that is done by others can help others see these children in a better light." Alex and Jamie started running at a young age.

"They were very fast," Robyn says. "We would take them to the beach and run with them. They loved the freedom, and it was a great outlet to release their energy."

The proud mom says that when her twins were around 14 years old, their gym teacher told her the boys were "running circles around everyone." The executive director of the school suggested to Robyn that she research a running club for her children.

"I was connected to a running club called 'Rolling Thunder' for special needs kids. They pair professional runners with children who have disibilities. The athletes run with the children, train them and help them to enjoy the sport," Robyn says.

Alex and Jamie were set up with two coaches. Robyn admits when she and her husband first brought the boys to a park in Long Island to run that she was very apprehensive and nervous to let her children go at first—without her supervision. She wondered, like any mom of special needs kids, "Is this a good idea? We don't even know these people. They're running, we don't want them to get lost." All valid points: After all, the boys had never been away from mom and dad.

"Some children with autism are prone to elopement or wandering, so letting them run on their own is not appropriate. However, this activity can be done with limited supervision in a secure place, such as a track or indoor structure where the parent or coach can watch but does not have to be physically proximate," says Dr. Wiznitzer. "The children need to have some interest in the activity, the length matched to their physical stamina. A good coach might be a member of a local track team, a college student majoring in special education, or an individual who already teaches physical education to children with disabilities."

Robyn expressed her anxiety to the coaches and she ended up feeling very comfortable letting her boys work with them. Robyn watched her boys run off—just one loop around Eisenhower Park in Long Island. Within 15 minutes, Robyn saw her son, Alex, in the distance.

"He was flying! The coaches were out of breath and told us our sons are gifted," says Robyn. "They called them 'natural runners' and that this was going to be 'the most wonderful sport from them.'"

Alex is a competitive runner, whereas Jamie enjoys the sport for the social aspect. They've had the opportunity to run in mainstream races, like the Boston Marathon. Alex, the faster of the two, has become a "zen runner," and Robyn says his stress is down and he's smiling more."He has the runner's high—this euphoric look," she says. Even better, running has resonated with the whole family.

"Exercise gives parent and child a different way to connect that is fun and not discipline or 'work.' This is an example of incorporating the child with autism into family activities and allows the rest of the family to see the children in a non-confrontational or stressful way," says Dr. Wiznitzer.

"It's been a wonderful outlet for their energy. Running has sharpened their focus and reduced their anxiety," Robyn says. Read more about Robyn's remarkable boys in her book, "Silent Running: Our Family's Journey To The Finish Line With Autism."

Compliments of Runners World


Have a great running month everyone!

Happy running.

Captain Kurt

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