Mulaudzi and Desta the athletes to beat at Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series finale in Joburg


The 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series will culminate with the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on Sunday 24 September 2023, and promises to be an extraordinary final with a star-studded field of elite athletes ready to light up the streets of Jozi.


Leading the charge in the men’s race will be the in-form Boxer athlete, Kabelo Mulaudzi, who has notched up an impressive hattrick of 10km victories since July. His remarkable streak began at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K, where he slashed over 30 seconds from his personal best, clocking an impressive 27:56 and cementing his place as the fourth-fastest South African ever in the 10km distance. Along the way, he also secured the SA 10km Cross Country Title, showcasing his dominance in the field. Now, Mulaudzi is determined to cap off the season with a win at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K, making it four wins in four starts. With his exceptional form, he’ll undoubtedly be a formidable contender on race day.


“I am confident. I am in great shape, the best shape of my life and I know I can win on Sunday,” said Mulaudzi.

Mulaudzi and Desta the athletes to beat at Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series finale in Joburg
Mulaudzi and Desta the athletes to beat at Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series finale in Joburg

The victory, however, won’t come easy for the 25-year-old. He will need to work for it as an array of hungry and talented athletes will be looking to upset the confident SA Champion. His namesake, Collen Mulaudzi feels he has unfinished business in the 10km this season. Mulaudzi (Collen) is a fighter and will push any athlete to their limit if they hope to win. Then there is Lesotho National 10km record holder, Namakoe Nkhasi, a 27:52 man and the fastest in the field. Former South African 10km Champion, Andries Sesedi has also thrown his hat into the ring and will keep the pace honest up front.


Ethiopia’s Debash Desta will be gunning for her second consecutive victory in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, following her triumphant debut in Tshwane in August. Despite the challenges of altitude and a hilly course, the young athlete managed to match her personal best time of 32:14, making her a formidable contender this coming Sunday. Meanwhile, South Africa’s Irvette van Zyl is making a strong comeback after a lengthy injury hiatus. Known for her resilience and a penchant for tougher courses, Van Zyl sees herself as a strong contender, poised to challenge the odds.


The ever-popular Gerda Steyn will also be on the starting line. As the record holder for both the Two Oceans and Comrades races, she’s eager to take on some fast races. Her aim is to conclude her South African season with a fast and hard effort, before embarking on her European journey for her final preparations for a marathon later in the year.


“We are excited to see the elite runners take centre stage on Sunday to compete in the final Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K race. Their exceptional performances will set a new standard of excellence and demonstrate the countless hours of training and preparation that they’ve invested,” said Absa’s Group Chief Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer, Sydney Mbhele.


“We are also proud of our Team Absa Walk Run community on Strava, along with everyone who has participated in the race in Gqeberha, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane, as well as the running billboard activations for being an active force for good. To date, we have collectively raised over R1.1 million for community upliftment and we can’t wait to see how much the Joburg race will contribute to the fund.”


“It’s a privilege to be the host city of the prestigious Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K,” says Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Kabelo Gwamanda. “We look forward to extending a warm welcome to all participants and visitors joining us for this exciting occasion. Johannesburg is known for its dynamic atmosphere, and we are proud to be part of an event that brings people together to celebrate both our city’s splendor and the joy of running. We can’t wait to see the streets of Jozi come alive with runners, walkers, and supporters. We look forward to making this a memorable experience for all.”




Date: Sunday 24 September 2023
Start Time: 08:00
Start & Finish Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg
Entry Fee: Standard Entry:

·         Licenced Runners R240.00

·         Unlicenced Runners R240.00 plus Temp Licence R60.00


Standard Entry Includes:

·         Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Event Performance T-shirt

·         Absa Peak Cap

·         Absa Drawstring Bag

·         Absa Socks

·         Absa Shoelaces

·         DHL Water Bottle

·         Race Number with Timing Chip

·         Lively Sponsor Route Entertainment Points

·         Amazing Route Entertainment Points from Start to Finish

·         2 x Refreshment Stations on Route

·         Tog Bag Drop and Collect Service

·         Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Finisher’s Medal

·         Transport Service (to start and from finish)


CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K online entrants can choose to support four local charities:  1. Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD), 2. Cotlands, 3. Johannesburg SPCA and 4. Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.


PRIZE PURSE: The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series boasts an impressive, combined Prize Purse of R 1 560 000.00 in 2023. Each of the five events will be assigned R312 000.00 in prize money of which R252 000.00 will be allocated towards the Open Category (R126 000.00 going to Top 10 Open Men’s and R126 000.00 to Top 10 Open Women’s), and R60 000 towards Age Categories (Junior, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69 and 70+ Age Categories). To view the prize purse breakdown please visit


WIN A CHERY TIGGO 4 PRO URBAN VEHICLE: One lucky entrant will go home with a stylish Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Urban Vehicle valued at over R308 900.00 compliments of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series and event partners Chery South Africa and Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance. To be in the running to win this fantastic prize the following three boxes need to be ticked: you need to enter the event (and pay the entry fee), collect your race number (during the stipulated race pack collection times) and be on the start line on event day.


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