Each week approximately 35 000 people around South Africa wake up early on a Saturday morning and head to the starting line for the 8am start of their local 5km parkrun.
There are 106 parkruns around the country and Joburgers have a fair number of runs to choose from. We explore a few of them here.
parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
The parkruns are open to everyone irrespective of running ability. The concept was introduced to South Africa by nine-time Comrades Marathon winner Bruce Fordyce who has completed 263 parkruns to date.
The South African record for the quickest run is held by Adam Lipschitz and is 14:17, but many walk the routes finishing in just over an hour.
To listen to Bruce Fordyce interview and see more pictures watch the video
On 18 May parkrun South Africa was awarded the Participation Event of the Year Award at the 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards.
Since its inception in the UK in 2004, parkrun has grown to have hundreds of events in countries such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand and even the Camp Bastion British military base in Afghanistan.
Hopefully soon the Mofolo parkrun in Soweto will again come alive with runners and walkers. Picture: Michel Bega
'Parkrunners', as seen here at the Albert's Farm run, will have to wait a little longer before getting their daily dose of exercise. Picture: Michel Bega
Delta parkrun in Delta Park, Victory Park. Finishers last week: 1 028. The run features a long hill climb two kilometres in which runners refer to as the Polly Shorts of Delta Park. The first parkrun in South Africa took place here on 12 November 2011. Twenty-six runners took part in the first run. Picture: Michel Bega
Golden Harvest parkrun, in Northgate. Finishers last week: 716. Fordyce rates this as the hardest parkrun in Johannesburg, and possibly the hardest in South Africa, alongside Thousand Hills parkrun in Botha's Hill, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Michel Bega
Roodepoort parkrun, at Len Rutter Park in Roodepoort. Finishers last week: 688. The parkrun team has contributed significantly to reviving this park as a safe space for locals and visitors. It also takes runners past the Rand Society of Model Engineers mini-train station and an old steam-locomotive. Picture: Michel Bega
Woodlands parkrun, at the Woodlands Office Park in Woodmead. Finishers last week: 701. Picture: Michel Bega
* All photographs were taken with a mobile phone camera.