The inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K on August 27, 2023, is primed for intense competition as a formidable assembly of the country’s top athletes prepare to gather at the iconic Union Buildings in Tshwane.
The men’s race will feature some of the fastest ever South African’s over 10km, including the current SA Record Holder, Precious Mashele and Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K winner, Kabelo Seboko Mulaudzi. Mashele broke the eight-year-old SA record of Stephen Mokoka when he finished second in the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K on 2 April, clocking 27:38. Mulaudzi, by winning in Durban, also entered the Sub 28-minute club, crossing the line in 27:56 – the 5th fastest time ever run by a South African.
While the spotlight will undoubtedly be on these two men, they can’t afford to discard or ignore Mashele’s training partner, the rapidly improving Nicholas Seoposengwe who stunned the big guns at the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K by showing them all a clean pair of heals and winning his biggest prize yet in South African road running. And always lurking will be the experienced Elroy Gelant, a man who has represented South Africa a staggering 21 times. The wily campaigner will be eager to pounce on any sign of weakness showed by his rivals.
“It is always great running in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series,” said Gelant. You know the best will be there and you cannot come and race in the series unless you are in great shape. We can again expect great racing.”
Precious Mashele had the following to say about Sunday’s race: https://bit.ly/PreciousMasheleAbsaRYCT10K2023
The women’s race too boasts some big names in the likes of Lesotho’s Neheng Khatala and South Africa’s Glenrose Xaba, Cacisile Sosibo and Gerda Steyn.
Xaba has had a superb 2023, breaking her 10km PB on three occasions, including her first ever sub-32-minute 10km (31:55) as well as taking almost a minute off her Half Marathon PB (68:37). Khatala is a feisty fighter and will be in the mix come race day. Placing third at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K in May, and 6th at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K in July, Khatala should not be ignored. Neither should the ever-improving Cacisile Sosibo who recently won the Durban leg of the Totalsports Women’s Race.
While she may not quite have the speed of her counterparts, Comrades Marathon Queen, Gerda Steyn will have an ace up her sleeve though come race day. The route will feature some climbs given the locality of the race, and Steyn is strong on those. “I will run my own race and not worry about the other girls,” said Steyn. “The fact that we are running over hilly terrain does suit me though, so I am excited to see what I can do on race day.”
“We’re thrilled to bring exhilarating racing to the streets of Tshwane this upcoming Sunday,” expresses Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “Apart from offering South Africa’s elites a chance to compete against the world’s finest on their home turf through top-tier events, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series also provides our nation’s public with a front-row seat to this excitement. The inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K presents a remarkable lineup of elite runners in both the men’s and women’s divisions, promising an action-packed spectacle. For those yet to secure their entry, we have good news, while online registration closed on Monday, a limited number of late entries will be available at Race Pack Collection on a first-come, first-served basis. Tshwane runners join us as we gear up to #RunYourCity this Sunday.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K
|Date:||Sunday 27 August 2023|
|Start & Finish Venue:||Union Buildings (Government Ave, Pretoria)|
|Entry Fee:||· Licenced Runners R240.00
· Non Licenced Runner R240.00 plus Temp Licence R50.00
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
· Sponsor Route Entertainment Points
· Route Entertainment Points
· 2 x Refreshment Stations on Route
· Tog Bag Drop and Collect Service
· Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Finisher’s Medal
Race Pack Collection:
|Address: University of Pretoria, Rembrandt Hall, Hillcrest Campus, South Street, Hatfield, Pretoria|
|Dates and Time:||Friday 25 August 2023
Time: 09:00 – 19:00
|Saturday 26 August 2023
Time: 09:00 – 14:00
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K online, runners and walkers can choose to support three local charities: Reach for A Dream, Cotlands and the Tshwane SPCA.
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 https://runyourcityseries.com/
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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