In addition to celebrating its third anniversary in 2019, the organisers of the FNB Durban 10KM CITYSURFRUN are excited to announce that the event has been awarded the Bronze Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
“We are proud to welcome the Bronze Label status for our second FNB Run Your City Series event, the first being the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN that celebrated its fifth anniversary in May this year,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.
“Receiving this fantastic accolade for two events in the same year is no small feat. Being awarded this status for an event that is currently only in its third year is equally impressive. It is testament to the hard work and countless early mornings and late nights that were needed to ensure that we host a world class event.
“As with the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN and FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN, the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN pushes the boundaries in the sport of road running. The event features both an Elite Invitational Programme and mass participation element.
“All entrants are granted the opportunity to enjoy a journey through the magnificent city of Durban with the route highlighting iconic landmarks, while Durban’s leading performing arts groups ensure an on-route experience like no other. Receiving the Bronze Label status has further motivated us to ensure that the 2019 FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN surpasses all expectations. We cannot wait to welcome runners to the start line on Sunday 13 October.”
“We are proud to receive the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Bronze Label status. This award signifies our commitment to contributing and ensuring that the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is the most sought-after race in the country. We would like to thank clients, families, athletes and running enthusiasts for their invaluable support and encourage everyone to participate in this exciting and much anticipated race,” says Bonga Sebesho, Head of Sponsorships at FNB.
According to Steve Mkasi, KZN Athletics, the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is one of Durban’s most beautiful and dynamic races.
“The event goes through many sectors of the city, giving athletes a true taste of diversity,” says Mkasi.
“Being awarded the IAAF Bronze Label status means that the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN meets international ‘race organising’ standards. Key features of a label event include: the impressive standard of athletes that it attracts (local and international), impressive performances and heightened media coverage. This, in turn, influences stakeholders: The City, sponsors and the sport.
“Our local athletes benefit from the exposure to international athletes and competition. If this event happens on the correct day with perfect weather conditions, it has the potential to realise a world record. The Bronze Label status is just a steppingstone for the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.”
The announcement that the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN has obtained Bronze Label status was met with approval from some of South Africa’s leading athletes.
Glenrose Xaba became only the third athlete to break 70 minutes when she ran 69:46 in Buenos Aires on 25 August. Only Elana Meyer and Colleen de Reuck have managed that feat.
“It is really good that we get to race some of the best in the world here at home,” said Xaba.
“I have a time in mind for Durban and I know that it can happen because of the competition that comes with a Label race.” Xaba has hinted she wants to break 32 minutes at the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.
Photo 1 Caption: In addition to celebrating its 3rd anniversary in 2019, the organisers of the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN are excited to announce that the event has been awarded the Bronze Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Seen here is running sensation Glenrose Xaba at the 2017 FNB Joburg 10km CITYSURFRUN. Photo: Tobias Ginsberg
With editing by gsport