Taking place on Sunday 31 October 2021, the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN with boast an on route experience like no other with runners being treated to performances by various leading performing arts groups, while exciting sponsor activations like the iconic PUMA Beat Bolt Sprint are sure to get the heart rates pumping.
“We are excited to host our first Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series event as things slowly return to normal. We know the role sport plays in boosting the nation’s morale and we think the Absa RUN YOUR CITY series will encourage healthy, active lifestyles that will help get the nation back up again. We cannot wait to witness runners in their striking red t-shirts whilst taking over the streets of Durban,” said Absa Executive, Geoff Lee.
A true highlight of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, runners will be pleased to hear that the PUMA ‘Beat Bolt’ sprint will be back in Durban!
“We are excited to be returing to actual events,” says Brett Bellinger, Marketing Director of PUMA South Africa. “Let’s celebrate by getting the heart rates pumping. The only way to #BeatBolt is to clock some #FastTimes so be sure to leave a little extra in the tank as this activation requires speed over a 100m sprint. The male and female runner with the fastest time will each take home a R10 000 PUMA Retail Shopping Experience. There are also additional prizes for runners who complete the sprint in under 15, 20 and 25 seconds. Get ready to put your sprinting prowess to the test at the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN and prove that you are #ForeverFaster!”
Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN participants that secure the following PUMA ‘Beat Bolt’ sprint times will qualify for discount vouchers instore at PUMA:
- Under 15 seconds for 100m: 30% discount off a purchase at the PUMA store
- Under 20 seconds for 100m: 20% discount off a purchase at the PUMA store
- Under 25 seconds for 100m: 15% discount off a purchase at the PUMA store
According to Megan Collinicos, VP Marketing – DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, the ‘DHL Mile To Go’ will be back in Durban. “This section of the route will be a lively, celebration of yellow. We’ve missed having the opportunity to engage with the runners over the past year, so we’re really thrilled to be able to cheer and encourage the runners on their journey to the finish line, once more!”
Durban’s leading performing arts groups join in on the fun: Another iconic feature on the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN route will be lively performances by Durban’s most entertaining performing arts groups including: the DGC Marimba Band, Griffin Girls Rhythm Group, Westville Girls High School, Durban Combined Pipe Bands and the African Siziwe Performers.
“Our artists are bubbling with anticipation to celebrate the ability to once again share their talent with people,” says Calvin Human, teacher of the DGC Marimba Band, Griffin Rhythm Group and Westville Girls High School. “Started in 2012, the DGC Marimba Band has been going from strength to strength. This all-female group lives to celebrate the joy of the marimba and passion for creating music together. This will be the first time that the group performs at the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN and to say that they are excited about the opportunity would be an understatement,” says Dana Hadjiev, Head of Music.
“Started in 2017, the Griffin Girls Rhythm Group is a lively all-female drumming group,” continues Human “These high-school girls have developed their passion for the African drum and the music it can make together. The group will also make their debut at the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN on Sunday and can’t wait to share the beauty of traditional African instruments on the South African stage. Their goal is to be the heartbeat of the city.”
“Also ready to make their debut at the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN, the Westville Girls High School group was started in 2015 and has been a force to be reckoned with in the realm of musical competition,” boasts Nicola Angelosante, Teacher in Charge. “These high-school girls have developed their passion for music and movement and gone on to perform at many local festivals and community events. This group has become a close-knit group that shares a joy for performance and loves any opportunity to share their energy with the public. This group is looking forward to hearing their music in the streets of their home city. Runners can look forward to experiencing a high-energy display.”
No stranger to the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN, the Durban Combined Pipe Bands will once again be an on route highlight this year. “The Durban Combined Pipe Bands are a combination of members from the King Shaka Regiment (formerly Durban Regiment) Pipe Band, Queen Nandi Mounted Rifles (formerly Natal Mounted Rifles ) Pipe Band and the Durban Caledonian Society (formerly 1 Medical Battalion Group ) Pipe Bands,” says Ken Mustard, Pipe Major of the King Shaka Regiment Pipe Band. “The various pipe bands have been going for a long time with the oldest band going back over 100 years. The members consist of pipers and drummers – the youngest in their teens and the oldest in their 70s – brought together by a common love of the music of the great highland bagpipe. The Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN gives the pipe bands an opportunity to play for the people of Durban and in particular to encourage the participants in the run. This year it also shows that we will not be beaten by Covid and that everyone is working on getting life back to normal. Runners can look forward to a good display of music performed on the bagpipe and drums.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2021 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series
|1. Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN||Date: Sunday 31 October 2021|
|Start Venue: Snell Parade (South Bound)|
|Finish Venue: Durban Beach Front Precinct (near Bike & Bean)|
· Standard (Licenced Runner): R 225.00
· Temporary Licence: R 40.00
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the 2021 Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN online runners can support five Durban based charities: the Durban & Coast SPCA, iThemba Lethu, Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD), TREE and LIV Village.
The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has once again partnered with GivenGain. When entering the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN online, runners can donate or start their own fundraising page to support a cause that lies close to their hearts.
Absa Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups. Absa Group offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance. Absa operates in fourteen countries. The Group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Absa Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia and has insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. Absa also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, and securities entities in the United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit www.absa.africa
About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series
A proudly South African mass participation road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has been revolutionizing the sport since 2015. A road running celebration like no other, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series comprises three unique events namely the Absa CAPE TOWN 12K CITYRUN (launched in 2015), the Absa DURBAN 10K CITYRUN (launched in 2017) and the Absa JOBURG 10K CITYRUN (launched in 2016). A diverse road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series integrates businesses, families, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
For further information please visit https://runyourcityseries.com/