What makes
us special

How Running for Cake was born.

Hi, I’m Michelle!
There are two main things you need to know about me – I LOVE cake and I LOVE running. Thankfully the two can occasionally go hand-in-hand!
I have been running since trying to avoid studying for my matric exams back in ’09. I’ve been encouraging those around me to do the same for nearly 5 years.
I was the leader of Catch Me If You Can Bryanston for 3 and a half years, where I watched 4 ladies become 300 ladies in this short amount of time.
Being the leader of CMIYC Bryanston has been one of the most rewarding parts of my life. I have seen ladies go from kilometer to kilometer, from 5kms to 42kms. I have encouraged people to get out there onto the road, whether they may have experienced some unfortunate event on the road due to safety (or the lack thereof in SA) or due to a lack of motivation.
With this in mind, I decided to launch my very first Couch to 5km group running program in January 2020, and needless to say, it was exceptionally welcomed by the community in Bryanston, and it fuelled my passion for this hobby of mine even more.
Onwards and upwards, they say, and indeed I have done just this. Thanks to all of the wonderful coaches who have joined Running for Cake, we have extended our coverage in Johannesburg, and we have just opened in Tel Aviv, Israel. I immigrated to the Netherlands in May 2021 and so I am hoping to kick-off here in Amsterdam real soon too!
I am so excited for you to be joining me on this journey, because trust me, I’m just getting started! 🙂
Michelle Kahn, Running for Cake Founder

Participant testimonials

Word of mouth is the best source of information. Here are some of my participants program reviews:

​I took part in this years couch to 5km.  I never thought I would EVER run/walk in my life.  It was a fantastic experience, and I did make it!!!  What a stunning group of ladies who all supported each other and loads of new friendships were made.  It is an extremely well organised event and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!


​I joined the Couch 2 5km with Michelle at the beginning of 2020 and the support, encouragement, and camaraderie I found was unbelievable. Michelle is an exceptional leader and under her guidance our whole group of girls accomplished things we could only have dreamed of previously. We finally completed our first 5km run at the beginning of March 2020 and I was so grateful for the entire experience and the magnificent community I was welcomed into.


​The Couch to 5K with Michelle was the only program that has actually worked for me. From the short strength training and constant to well thought out training program, as well as the having supportive and knowledgeable leader and camaraderie of the team, it was everything I needed to overcome my fear for cardio and ‘just not being a runner’.  We took it one day at a time and I was amazed at my own body’s progress evident from week to week.


​I found the whole couch to 5km programme incredibly helpful, motivating and fun. I would never have got back on the roads again without it so thank you very much for all the effort you put it into it. I look forward to the 5km to 10km programme some time in the future.


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Reach out to me on Instagram or reach out via the Contact Us page.



Copyright by Running for Cake 2020. All rights reserved.

Copyright by Running for Cake 2020. All rights reserved.

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