National Champ Kyla Jacobs Joins Forces with Puma South Africa

National Champion Kyla Jacobs signing her partnership agreement with PUMA South Africa, marking a new chapter in her athletic career. Photo: Supplied

Milestone Partnership

Cape Town, South Africa; September 2023 – National Champion middle-distance runner Kyla Jacobs has inked a deal with Puma South Africa, marking a significant milestone in her athletic career.

Jacobs clinched the 5000m title at the South African Championships in April 2023, improving from her third-place finish in 2022. 

The 28-year-old Somerset West resident is a versatile athlete, competing in track, road, and cross-country events ranging from 1500m to 10km. 

Earlier this year, she represented South Africa at the World Cross Country Championships in Australia, finishing 37th. Jacobs is also set to represent the nation at the World 5km Road Champs in Riga on 1 October 2023.

A Commitment to Athletic Excellence

“Kyla embodies our Forever Faster spirit both on and off the track, so it was an absolute must to welcome her part of our Elite running team,” said Puma SA Run Train Marketing Manager Rae Trew-Browne. 

“We are very excited to welcome Kyla to the Puma fam, and look forward to working with her as we continue to push the sport of running forward.” 

Puma SA Run Train Marketing Manager Rae Trew-Browne

In her upcoming competitions, Jacobs will be sporting Puma’s top-of-the-line gear. On the track, she will race in Puma evoSpeed Distance Nitro Elite 2 spikes. 

For road events, she will don the Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2, while the Puma Forever Run Nitro serves as her everyday training shoe.

Kyla Jacobs on Her Partnership with Puma

“I joined Puma because I can see myself growing with them not only as an elite athlete but also as a person. The Puma team has been so welcoming, and I really appreciate their supportive and energising company culture! 

“Puma is investing so much into innovation and it is backed up by great performances by top athletes. I look forward to being part of their growth and success,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs also praised the Deviate Elite Nitro 2 road running shoe, stating, “I like the versatility of this shoe. It has a steady underfoot with solid grip, yet it nails the propulsive and snappy ride you look for in a carbon racing shoe.”

Looking Ahead: Goals and Aspirations

Jacobs has set ambitious goals for herself in 2023, aiming for a Top 25 finish in the 5km race at the World Road Running Championships with a target time of 15:35 or faster. 

She also has her sights set on the Paris Olympics in 2024, where she aims to meet the 5000m qualifying time of 14:57. Further aspirations include running 8:50 or better on the track over 3000m and 32:10 or faster over 10km on the road.


Photo Caption: National Champion Kyla Jacobs signing her partnership agreement with PUMA South Africa, marking a new chapter in her athletic career. Photo: Supplied

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