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Seen here:  Entrants in action at the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K that kicked off at Absa Bank City Johannesburg on Heritage Day (Saturday, 24 September 2016).  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

The organisers of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K are excited to announce that a combined total of just over R82 000.00 was raised for the event’s two cherished charities, the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and the Johannesburg SPCA.

“We are overwhelmed by the support that entrants showed to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K’s two charities,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “These two charities lie close to our hearts.  The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is instrumental in numerous inner city projects that cross a broad spectrum including education, research and rejuvenation, while by supporting the SPCA we are able to do our part for Johannesburg’s animals.   When entering online, runners could choose to support either or both of our charities.  We are truly thankful to each and every runner that made these donations possible.”

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation was founded in 1985 and is dedicated to the exploration, documentation, protection and restoration of Johannesburg’s built heritage.

According to Brett McDougall of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K exposed runners to the magnificent inner city and its architectural treasures.  “We are immensely proud to be associated with this event, because it celebrates our City, and because it supports the built heritage of Johannesburg.  We are thrilled that we will be receiving a donation. The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organisation, run by volunteers.  Donations allow us to continue our important work in research, conservation, education and activism.”

Also a non- profit organisation, the Johannesburg SPCA started operating in 1902 and depends entirely on the kindness and support of individuals and companies.

“We are extremely proud to be a charity of such an auspicious event,” says Jolene Beyleveld, Public Relations Officer Johannesburg SPCA.  “Animals play an integral part in society and therefore need protection and someone to stand up for them.  We are able to do this for them, but only with the help of supporters and friends.  Our team of seven staff members absolutely loved taking part in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.  It was wonderfully organised and the vibe on the day was absolutely amazing.  The donation will help us continue to ensure that we achieve our mission and vision of uplifting the welfare of all animals, and that our team are able to get to where they are needed.  We are thankful to the runners and the organisers for this amazing donation.”

The inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K kicked off at Absa Bank City Johannesburg on Heritage Day (Saturday, 24 September 2016).  Runners, walkers, fitness enthusiasts and fun-seekers were granted the unique opportunity to celebrate Johannesburg’s rich heritage by exploring their city before crossing the finish line at Mary Fitzgerald Square Newtown.

Iconic landmarks on route included:  the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Absa Bank City, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University, Neighbourgoods Market and Ellis Park Stadium to mention just a few.

Champions:  Lesotho’s Namakoe Nkhasi claimed gold in the men’s elite race crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 29 minutes 48 seconds, while PUMA ambassador Lebogang Phalula was the lady to beat securing the top spot on the podium in 35 minutes 33 seconds.

Prize Purse:  The Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K boasted with an impressive prize purse of R190 000.00.  As the elite men’s and women’s winners, Nkhasi and Phalula each took home a whopping R20 000.  CLICK HERE to view the 2016 Prize Purse breakdown.

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About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K sponsorship:

Absa Business has decided to sponsor the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K 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 Absa 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 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K is aligned to our belief in the importance of rejuvenating and reviving the city centre so it remains relevant.


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