On the third Saturday in January the Pinelands Athletic Club organises the Hohenort 15Km road race. This race starts and finishes at the Alphen Community Hall in Constantia, across the road from the False Bay Rugby Club.
The route is an undulating, tough run through the picturesque suburb of Constantia. The most difficult part of the run is at about 12Km, and then it’s an easy downhill to the end.
The 2017 Hohenort 15Km road race is sponsored by Fry’s Family Food.
Run in memory of Dave Spence.
Last Event : Saturday 14 January 2017
History of the Race
The first ever Hohenort was held on 15 November 1975, and is the “flagship” event of the Pinelands Athletic Club. Over the years the start and finish has been moved around due to its popularity and growth. The name Hohenort is derived from the area in which it is held, Hohenort is the name of a sub-section of the Constantia Valley.
The original start in 1975 and for a few years thereafter, was in front of the Hohenort Hotel (now Cellars-Hohenort Hotel) and the prize-giving was held on the hotel’s tennis court. The date of the Hohenort also changed a few times in the early days, from November to February to eventually January in 1982. This fitted in well with Two Oceans training programs, as it is a tough, hilly, yet scenic course. In 1989 there were 1064 finishers, from 1993 onwards there were never less than 1000 finishers. The record now stands at 2627 finishers in 2016.