Satori Athletics Club was officially born in January 2006 when tennis coach and passionate runner Charissa Balman realised her dream of starting her own athletics club.

Leora's Yoga and Fitness Centre at Cape Dutch Gardens was chosen as the initial meeting place, but some months later the club moved across the road to its current location at the municipal sports club.
An energetic group of founding members spruced up the neglected building, cleaning, painting and renovating and turning it into the Oasis, as it is known today.

Charissa's vision was to create a club with a holistic approach to running. The name 'Satori' refers to a Japanese state of harmonious balance between mind, body and emotions.
The club is affiliated to Leora's Yoga Centre, where Satori members occasionally stretch their weary limbs and then heroically twist them into pretzels under Leora's watchful eye.

The Wednesday evening five kilometre time trial is the central club event of the week. Those not yet bitten by the running bug can join the walkers group, while children are an integral part of the club - there is always a parent watching over them. Once the time trial is over, its time to chill.

Sipping a post-run beer or cider with friends while watching the summer sun go down over the Atlantic is idyllic. (When the South Easter blows the beers out of our hands and our friends off their feet we pretend not to notice).

Satoris can also be found gathered around braai fires at the Oasis several times a year, and occasionally dancing under the stars to a superb selection of music. The vice chairman happens be, among other things, a professional disc jockey..

In the end however, Satori is about the pure joy of running. Members come in all shapes and sizes and assorted fitness levels.

 

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