3 Jacaranda Running Routes in Pretoria

Jacaranda Running Routes in Pretoria

By Renate Engelbrecht

Wednesday, Oct 19

If there was ever a time to get back into running and explore the various Jacaranda running routes, it’s now. Why? Because the streets are purple, of course!

I love Jacaranda season in Pretoria. Everything turns purple and people tend to play outside more. Yup, locals and tourists pop out from all over and the streets – particularly in the Old East of Pretoria – are filled with youngsters riding their bikes, lovers taking late afternoon strolls, fit dads putting tekkies to tar, pushing the Thule strollers ahead, and elderly couples indulging in slow walks among the Jacarandas. It’s almost like with Christmas, when the city’s Lawley Street lights up with all kinds of Christmas decorations and lights. It’s an unspoken invitation for the community to crawl out of their comfort zones and enjoy some quality time outside. Or, explore some beautiful jacaranda running routes.

I’ve taken the liberty of putting together three Jacaranda running routes to run during the purple season (which is nearly at its end…so you might have to try these sooner than later). It might not be the exact kilometers, but round about. You won’t even notice, though as the Jacarandas will surely distract you.

Suitcase & Chardonnay running routes for Jacaranda Season

All the routes are circle routes, starting and finishing at the lovely Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlo Park. I thought this might be a good base as they have a lovely Stodels Garden Centre, a couple of really cool restaurants and coffee shops, the Afriforum Theatre, an Oasis water shop for if you forgot your water bottle and even a Spar, pharmacy and one of my favourite fashion shops – Bloo The Studio – just across the road. The routes mainly take you through the streets of Brooklyn and a bit of Menlo Park and I’ve made it my mission to include some of the most beautiful Jacaranda-lined streets.

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Running Route

Easy-Way-Out Purple Running Route

Distance: +-3km

From Thomas Edison Street, head right into 10th Street, and then turn left into Mackenzie Street, where you will pass the Menlo Park Tennis Courts on your right. Then turn right in Farrel Street, left in Murray Street, left in Rupert Street, left in Marais Street and finally left in Stella Street, which takes you back to Mackenzie Street. From there, head straight back to where you came from, turning right into Thomas Edison Street and finishing your run at Greenlyn Village Centre again.

Jacaranda Running Route 3km

Yes-You-Can Jacaranda Running Route

Distance: +-5km

From Thomas Edison Street, head right into 10th Street, and then turn left into Mackenzie Street, where you will pass the Menlo Park Tennis Courts on your right. Then turn right in Farrel Street, left in Murray Street and right in Rupert Street. From there, head left into Anderson Street. This street is not a Jacaranda-lined street, but rather White Stinkwood trees, bringing a welcome twist to an already stunning running route. If you decide to do the 5km, be sure to run it at sunrise, or late afternoon as the sun is setting. That way, you get to see the sun’s rays make the White Stinkwood leaves look see-through and simply beautiful. From Anderson Street, go left in Alexander for a short uphill, and then right in Marais Street. Then, go left in Stella Street, right in Mackenzie Street and back to Geenlyn Village Centre.

Running Route Pretoria 5km

Saturday Jacaranda Running

Distance: +- 8km

From Thomas Edison Street, head right into 10th Street, and then turn left into Mackenzie Street, where you will pass the Menlo Park Tennis Courts on your right. Then turn right in Farrel Street, left in Murray Street and right in Rupert Street. From there, head left into Anderson Street. This street is not a Jacaranda-lined street, but rather White Stinkwood trees, bringing a welcome twist to an already stunning running route. If you decide to do the 8km, be sure to run it at sunrise, or late afternoon as the sun is setting. That way, you get to see the sun’s rays make the White Stinkwood leaves look see-through and simply beautiful. From Anderson Street, go left in Alexander for a short uphill, and then right in Murray Street. Cross Jan Shoba Street and turn left in Roper Street (one of the streets that is truly famous for its Jacarandas heading in to the University of Pretoria’s campus). From there, turn left into Marais Street, and then left again into William Street. Take a right at Murray Street and then right again when you see Alexander Street. From there, head left into Marais Street, left again into Farrel Street and then right into Mackenzie Street. From there, turn right into Thomas Edison Street and end off your run with a cold one at Greenlyn Village Centre.

Running Route 8km Pretoria

There you go. Some Jacaranda running routes to try out before the purple season is over. Enjoy! (And, take pictures and tag Suitcase & Chardonnay on Instagram and Facebook!)

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