Can you escape the miners revenge & take on what waits deep inside thunder mountain?


Date : Tuesday 8 August 2023

Entry Fee : R310 pp individual (limited entries)

Team Entry : R295 pp in a team of 2 (limited entries)

Distance : 5,5km

Challenges : 24 Challenges 

Start : Gold Reef City Time Square

Finish : Gold Reef City Time Square

Number collection : Gold Reef City entrance



Number Collection : Gold Reef City

Medals : Medals to all finishers

Timing : Live electronic timing

Batching : Batched event from 17:40

Bag drop : Secure bag drop available @ R20 pp

Secure parking : Gold Reef City

Swimming : You will NOT get wet

Event safety : Brought to you by Event Compliance



Over R10 000 in prizes up for grabs

Race medal to all finishers

Jump City Gold Reef City Sept. 2024

Featuring : Gold Reef City Theme Park

Apartheid Museum

Categories : Individual | Corporate Team | Schools Team

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JOBURGS favourite night race is back

Remember the thrill and excitement of going somewhere new? To places you never knew you could? Freely exploring to your hearts content? Well this is your chance to feel just like that again!.

Let's light up Gold Reef City Theme Park, let's light up the mines and let's live our best lives.

The event will take place on the 8th of August 2023 at Gold Reef City Theme Park at night, the perfect time to shine. This is the night before the public holiday celebration marking Woman's Day! The new route will be 5,5km and feature 24 challenges along the way. The entire course is now set exclusively inside Gold Reef City. This course sens you in and out of places that you never dreamed possible, through exciting challenges built for all levels of fitness.

head into the depths of thunder mountain

Starting and finishing inside Gold Reef City Theme Park, the challenge will now cover 5,5km of action packed racing. The route has been updated to challenge and reward you with bucket loads of fun. Over and above the neon glow theme of the event, this race will be changing the way we have competed in Jozi.

Runners will head through the inner workings of Gold Reef City Theme Park, in, over and around the rides in a theme park completely dedicated to you having the best adventure.

escape the miners revenge

the essential details

Head lights : This is a night time event and headlights do go a long way in helping you find your way along the course. The course is well marked with reflective signs, but we have to compete with other city signage on route. We highly recommend the use of a headlamp. Headlamps are mandatory for the 1st batch of the night!

About the route : The course changes every year to accommodate urban development and new exciting features. This years course meanders along a 5,5km route in and Gold Reef City Theme Park. The route is only as challenging as you make it by pushing yourself.

Route features : The route features 24 challenges along a 5,5km course. There are no rides on the course as the park is closed just for the event. This means we get to take you anywhere and do pretty much anything once we get there. Your feet will get wet, you will be running through a museum and you will need to pay close attention to the markers. The highest climb is 10m up a rope on a cliff, it is safe. The toughest challenge on route are the inclined monkey bars.

Early bird entries : The 1st 200 registrants will be able to choose their merchandise. These will be available for collection after your run. They are finishers shirts, so you must earn it by competing. Once the early birds are all claimed, entrants will be able to purchase t - shirts when entering until the 20 July 2023.


This is not new, but it is the 1st time that we will be awarding as many categories. Here are the race categories : -

- Individual @ R310
- Corporate team of 2 @ R590
- School team of 2 @ R590
- Gym team of 2 @ R590

* Teams must be the same and so must the individuals to qualify

* School teams need to be 12 years and older to compete in the event.

* The top 2 results from the team will count and teams will be timed on a combined result of their finishers.

some of the challenges on route...


The challenges are built for all levels of fitness and this is often what trips up the Elites, because our challenges are unconventional. Here are just a few of them : –

The Abyss

A 20m long section of the course that is darker than night. Yup, it sounds easy because you have a headlamp or you are just going to follow the person in front of you. Here is where the catch comes in, the abyss is filled with lasers and smoke machines. This renders the headlamp ineffective. 

The “Miners Revenge”

Remember the log ride? We send you down into a dark old mine, a section of route that is normally for rides only. What is real and what is not real once you are inside will cause a little havoc. Maybe don’t run alone…

The “Rat Race”

There are 2 entrances and only one exit in this GIANT life size maze. Completely made up of a series of tunnels, this is rather fitting to Gold Reef City.

“Rivers Rage”

A 400m long section through the dried out raging rapids, followed by a daunting 10m rope climb up a cliff out of the rapids.

“The Grind”

Pull it together, you are just about at 4km on route by then. It is a real forearm workout as you roll up a rope on a pole with a sled and weights attached to it.

These are just some of the awesome challenges on the 5,5km route which will feature no less than 24 challenges.

some of the awesome features on the GOLD REEF CITY ROUTE



Do I need a headlamp for the night races?

It is very highly recommended, preferably something that is waterproof and hardy and can light up around 100 lumens or more. 

Our signs are all reflective, so a headlamp will make them easier to see.

How old do I have to be?

We recommend a minimum age of 12 and that any minors are accompanied by an adult.

The routes are between 5km and 6km long. The distances are manageable for minors, but the challenges are not always.

How fit do I have to be?

You do not have to be the fittest or the fastest, you just need to have a keen sense of adventure. 

If you can manage a 5km – 8km run, you should not have a problem. 

Do I have to complete every challenge?

It is kind of why you signed up right? To challenge yourself? 

We are not slave drivers and we are not going to enforce that you complete every challenge, but at least give it a try.

Can this event be cancelled?

If for any reason beyond our control the event is forced to cancel due to severe weather conditions, pandemic, act of God or insurrection or fires that puts athletes safety at risk, the athletes will not have any claim against the organisers or any of their sponsors of whatsoever nature in these circumstances. Jump City Challenge reserves the right to change the route for inter alia, safety and security reasons without notice. If the Jump City Challenge is cancelled in total as a last resort due to events beyond our control (force majeure) – relating to, inter alia, political turmoil, natural disasters, strikes, protest action or any other major disturbance beyond our control, athletes will have no claim whatsoever including but not limited to a refund against the organisers or any of their sponsors. This will include entry fees and or flights and other expenses. We will do everything in our power to reroute and to run the event in a safe and secure manner should any event of force majeure arise.

Refund policy

I have to pull out for some reason. What is the refund policy? 

Please see our refund tiers and periods below : –

  • Outside of 45 days from the event. 50% refund
  • 45 – 21 days from the event. 25% refund
  • Within 21 days of the event. No refund

You can however sell your entry to somebody wishing to substitute in. You will need to follow our online substitution process. 

Do I need to be able to swim?

No, you do not. There is no swimming at the Gold Reef City event. Your feet will get wet though. 

Can I substitute?

We can do online substitutions up until 4 days before the event. To substitute, please follow the online process as we do not handle substitutions manually.

*Please note that we do not substitute within 4 days of the event for safety and legal reasons. All runners who enter with us are protected and indemnified.

Can I change my batch?

All our batches are limited, due to this we cannot allow for any batch changes. 

How hard are the challenges?

We design the challenges so that everybody can complete them. 

The event is actually an adventure course, the challenges we put in are not always conventional OCR challenges. 

I've entered but I am not receiving mails

The internet is not always our friend and we do not have control over where our emails go in your inbox. 

Please check your spam, the mails are most likely there. If this is the case, remember to unflag the emails as not being spam.

How big is a team?

Teams must consist of 2 athletes when entering. If you wish to run as a group of any other number, simply enter an individual batch for you and your crew. 

Timing of the team is based on the collective time of the slowest runner.

What do we mean when we say series?

If the event is listed as a series, then this means that results from the entire series will count. ie. 2 events. 

If you choose to do just one event, your results will only count for that event. You will not qualify for prizes.

Series prizes are awarded at the end of the series.

Do we go into the ocean?

That is a negative, we do not go into the ocean. It’s a bit of a distance from the ocean.


Lace up those shoes, get your dress up on and live your best life this Tuesday the 8th of August 2023. We cannot wait to see you, but before we do, please take a moment to read through the race information below. If you are the principal registrant, ie. the person who did the registration, please be sure that your crew sees this information too. 

  • 1. Event starts & times
  • 2. Number & T-Shirt collection
  • 3. Start times and batches
  • 4. Substitutions
  • 5. What to wear and bag drop
  • 6. Where to park
  • 7. Race photos
  • 8. Route & obstacles
  • 9. Water Point
  • 10. Route directions & signage
  • 11. Finishes medals
  • 12. Prize Giving
  • 13. Team Timing





1. Event starts & times
We will open Gold Reef City to you from 17:00 before the race, please park on the theme park side of the road and head towards the theme park entrance. Number collection. bag drop and merch collection will all be within the theme park. The official Start / Finish of the event will be from Town Square in Gold Reef City theme park. Simply follow the directional signage from the gate to Town Square and you will be fine. Do not cross any of the danger tape, it is there to help control traffic for the race. 

Your start time is available on the confirmation link sent to you with your registration. You can also view your start time on your race bib which you will collect in Town Square at Gold Reef City. 

2. Number & T-Shirt collection
Number & merch. collection will happen at Gold Reef City Theme Park Gate. You do not need to bring anything with you, just your name and you can collect on behalf of a friend. Teams of 2 can send one member to collect for the full team.

If you ordered a t shirt you will be able to collect it after your race from the collection point next to the bag drop. We have done this to move number collection long faster.

Please do not print anything, save the trees as we have all your details already. Spectators are welcome to join, there is a R30 entrance fee per spectator that must be paid to gain access into the theme park.

Yes, you can collect a friends number for them

No, you do not need to print your proof of registration

You will not be permitted into the start batch without a bib number on your chest

Arrive 45 minutes prior to your start. Please, stick to this to avoid bottle necks at registration. Ie. If you are going off at 7, only collect your number at 18:15

Registration opens from 17:00, we advise that you arrive 45 minutes prior to your start time. For your sanity, please do not arrive earlier as you access to the theme park is closed until 17:00.

3. Start times and batches
Your start batch is the same as the one you chose, please check your bib number to confirm that info, please note that you cannot change your batch once you have registered and you will not be permitted to swap batches on the night.

4. Substitutions
Substitutions have closed.

Why can somebody not run under your name? When you register for the race, you fall into our race liability and we can take care of you if medical assistance is needed. If you run under alias, by law no assistance can be provided. It is not a risk we and our partners are willing to take.

5. What to wear, bag drop
You will not be getting wet, but we still do not advise taking phones or any other electronic device on route with you. You need to be able to hear us and phones fall out of pockets at challenges. No inner ear music devices will be permitted.
Wear something you are comfortable crawling and climbing in. We do have a secure bag drop available for you at R20 per bag, cash only.
We do strongly advise that you wear headlamps as it is dark out there and all our signage is reflective. We have literally stood right next to athletes asking where to go when the sign is right next them. Remember that we have to compete with all venue signage, road signage and other. Headlamps go a very long way in helping you
Bring dry shoes for after your run just in case there are still puddles in thunder mountain section. 

6. Where to park

There is secure free parking at Gold Reef City Theme Park. 

7. Race photos
This year all proceeds from race images are going towards NSRI. You will be able to buy your race images for R38 on a link we send you. Please support NSRI and purchase your pic if you like it, R38 is not a big amount. We always have athletes emailing us within half a day of the race wanting to see images, being a night race it takes a little longer to edit. Please allow the photographers up to 7 working days to edit the images. We will email all runners the moment the pics are available. Featured images will be posted with partner branding on facebook.

8. Route and Obstacles
The race is about the course and going places you otherwise never would. There are obstacles, but nothing too serious, this is all fun and games. When you do reach the challenges, try your best to complete them, they are not built to be impossible. In total there are over 24 challenges across the route, this is made up of landscape features and built challenges. 

The only area that is rather baron, is the 400m stretch between the theme park and the Apartheid Museum. When you enter the Apartheid Museum, the action will start up again as you cover1km inside before heading back through the parking lot and into the theme park. 

What if you cannot get through a challenge?
1st of all, every critical obstacle has a marshal stationed at.  Very often the forfeit is tougher than the obstacle itself. Please consider other athletes, if you cannot finish a challenge on the 1st attempt kindly step back for others to use it. The very nature of obstacle racing carries with it certain risks. Use the obstacles in the correct manner and you will be fine.

9. Water point
There is a Turbovite Water Point on route, this will be inside the Apartheid Museum. If you decide to stop, please pick up a cup and walk away. DO NOT PLACE YOUR CUP BACK ON THE TABLE AND DO NOT HOVER OVER THE WATER POINT. We have Pura water available to all finishers at the finish line.

10. Route directions and signage
The route is marked with over 150 signs on it. They are white boards with red arrows, they reflect when a light hits them. That is why we strongly advise the use of a headlamp. Each arrow will point towards where the next is, if you follow this concept you will not get lost. Do not run in the road, stick to the pavement at all times and only cross where there is an official crossing. Do not play follow the leader, the leader could miss a sign and take you off route. Never cross the danger tape, it is there as a barrier not the finish line (seriously, this happens at every single race).

11. Finishers medals
Every athlete will receive a finishers medal on the finish line. 

12. Prize giving

We do ask that winners of their categories stick around for prize giving, it is a medal ceremony.  

13. Team timing
Our team timing is a little different this year, teams consist of 2 members. The slowest time  out of those members times will count, we combine that and the best combined time wins. This means it is best not to get separated on route. PLEASE, IF YOU ARE IN A TEAM, STICK TOGETHER!