Just under 11 000 runners of all fitness levels will line up in Simmonds Street in front of FNB Bank City on Saturday, 24 September 2016 ready to explore their city at the inaugural FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.
For some it will be about the sheer joy of running with friends, family, club mates and new friends made along the route, for others there is pride, prestige and a big prize purse on offer. The winner of both the men’s and women’s elite race will take home a whopping R20 000. This drawcard has resulted in a stellar line up, particularly in the men’s race.
Whilst everyone has been talking about the duel between Stephen Mokoka and arch rival Elroy Gelant, Sibusiso Nzima has quietly thrown down the gauntlet, posting on his Twitter page: “@mokoka_stephen @ElroyGelant @S_Nzima @gladwin5000m will battle it out again at @joburg10 over the weekend”; while referring to their battle at the National Championships in April this year.
Stephen Mokoka, Gladwin Mzazi and Elroy Gelant have for many years been at the forefront of the middle distance, with Sibusiso Nzima lurking behind them for a while. In 2016 the 29-year-old exploded into arguably the best form of his life as he prepared for the Rio Olympic Marathon. Now when he states that the race is on, he has a strong case, especially after his 10km run in Cape Town on Sunday, 18 September. Nzima clocked 28:42 behind Namakoe Nkasi who won in 28:28. Nkasi will also be on the start line on Saturday, 24 September. Mzazi was third in 29:09 in Cape Town. Throw in the resurgent Precious Mashele and you have all the ingredients of a classic race.
The ladies race is expected to be a titanic duel between Rutendo Nyahora and the Phalula twins, Lebo and Lebogang.
The Race starts at 08h00 outside the FNB Bank City building in Simmonds street, turns left into Albertina Sisulu Road; then another left into Bertrams Road going past the Johannesburg Athletics Stadium before making another left heading to the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The race heads up towards Constitution Hill, going past the Civic Centre, before going down to the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge and finishing in Mary Fitzgerald Square outside the Africa Museum.
Just like its counterpart in Cape Town, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN will have artists lining the streets performing and cheering. This will not only get the endorphin levels up, but will also provide the runners with a memorable experience.
“The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN is a huge success after only two years of running,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “We wanted to bring that some experience to Johannesburg, elite running combined with a fun factor. We are proud to provide the social runner with the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in the country. Our elite runners also deserve to have competitive races and be rewarded for their endeavours. Ultimately we would like to see these two races take our elite athletes to a level where they can be world beaters.”
CLICK HERE to view the prize purse breakdown of the inaugural FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.
Saturday, 24 September 2016 (Heritage Day)
FNB Bank City Johannesburg
Mary Fitzgerald Square Newtown
The streets of Johannesburg will come alive with activity with lively performances from leading dance groups: Moving into Dance Mophatong, The Johannesburg Youth Ballet and The Field Band Foundation.
The action of the inaugural event will be closed off by South African folk swing band, Rubber Duc.
Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to support either or both of the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN Charities: the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and the Johannesburg SPCA.
Each entrant will receive a magnificent PUMA ®Performance Event Tee.
For more information on the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN sponsorship:
FNB Business has decided to sponsor the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN because we believe in supporting a race that encourages people to run and know their city; a race that will re-invent how people perceive and experience the city centre. The FNB Bank City buildings are well-known and iconic buildings in the Johannesburg CBD and the precinct was recently revamped in 2015 with three lifestyle concepts of Work, Eat & Play in mind. For many years it has been viewed as traditional banking headquarters; however the recent revamp has positively changed the experience of the precinct. The additions of new restaurants, coffee shops, health & beauty stores and other stores of interest have been well received. Sponsoring the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN is aligned to our belief in the importance of rejuvenating and reviving the city centre so it remains relevant.
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