The final event in the 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K, is gearing up to be an intensely competitive race with the announcement that Comrades Queen Gerda Steyn and the ever-consistent Neheng Khatala from Lesotho will both be taking to the streets of Johannesburg on National Heritage Day, Sunday, 24 September.
Khatala has finished in the top ten in all four races to date with her best performance coming at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K where she finished 3rd running 32:13, a mere 7 seconds off her lifetime best of 32:06. Khatala was 5th in Gqeberha, 3rd in Cape Town, 6th in Durban and 5th again in Tshwane.
“I love running in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series”, said Khatala, who is a three-time Lesotho National Record Holder and Olympian. “The competition is always good, and I expect it to be tough in Joburg. But I am looking forward to racing there again.” The 31-year-old who is studying Sport Science in Potchefstroom will be eyeing a podium spot at the Joburg race on 24 September.
The darling of South African road running, Gerda Steyn will be racing in her second Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series race of 2023 after finishing 9th at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K in August.
“I cannot wait to run in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K. Running in Johannesburg is always a great experience and I’m looking forward to 24 September,” said Steyn, who currently holds the SA Marathon Record of 2:25.28 and represented South Africa at the 2021 Olympics in the marathon. Steyn has had a phenomenal 2023, running record times in both the Totalsports Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons and is relishing racing over the shorter distances again. Steyn ran 33:44 in winning the Dubai 10k in February this year and finished 9th in only her second 10km of the year at the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K where she ran 35:23.
“We’re truly excited to have running stars like Gerda Steyn and Neheng Khatala join us for the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on September 24th,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “Their presence adds an extra layer of excitement to an already highly anticipated event. It’s a testament to the series’ appeal that athletes of their caliber want to be part of it, especially on a day when we celebrate our National Heritage. We can’t wait to #RunYourCity with thousands of runners (and walkers) on this very special day.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K
|Date:||Sunday 24 September 2023|
|Start & Finish Venue:||Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry:
· Licenced Runners R240.00
· 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 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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