Seen here (from left to right): Stephen Mokoka and Glenrose Xaba at the official media conference at Absa Bank City Johannesburg on Friday, 22 September 2017. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
SA 10km Record Holder, Stephen Mokoka and in-form Glenrose Xaba would like nothing more than to add the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K title to their list of achievements.
Celebrating its 2nd anniversary, the race will run through the street of Johannesburg on Sunday 24 September 2017. In 2016, Mokoka finished 7th and Xaba 5th.
This year, though, the scene is vastly different. In 2016 Mokoka had just returned from the Olympic Games and was fatigued. This year he is in shape and eager to add this title to his name. Xaba, in the last few months, has come into the shape of her life, winning both SA Cross Country titles (10km and 4km), on 9 September and running a personal best in the 10km at the Cape Town Marathon on Sunday 17 September. Xaba took 31 seconds off her previous best when she clocked 33:25 in Cape Town.
In fact, Xaba has improved her 10km best four times in 2017. Opening with 34:49 in Cape Town in April, Xaba’s next race was timed at 34:15 in Port Elizabeth, a month later. Then on 11 June she went under 34 minutes for the first time in her career, clocking 33:56, before setting her most recent PB.
“This year I am injury free. I am training with Michael Seme’s group in Pretoria, and it is paying off. I am looking forward to Sunday’s race. I know Sunday will be tough. Cornelia (Joubert) is always dangerous and has been in good shape this year. She won the National Half Marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth in June. Lebogang (Phalula) is the defending champion, so she will be dangerous too.”
“This race is important to me”, says Stephen Mokoka. “Stillwater Sports always gets us a good field and we like to show our appreciation by running hard and well. I have unfinished business here after last year. I was tired. This year it is different and I am in good shape.”
Facing Mokoka will be friend and rival Sibusiso Nzima who finished 3rd last year. Nzima is coming back into the shape that made him so dangerous in 2016 and saw him being selected for the World Marathon Championships this year. Nzima has raced very sparingly in 2017 and is guaranteed to be fresh come race day.
The field is loaded with Desmond Mokgobu and Mbongeni Ngxazozo also in the line-up. David Manja finished 4th at the National Cross Country championships, just behind Thabang Mosiako. They will be serious threats on Sunday 24 September.
While all eyes will be on Lebogang Phalula, Glenrose Xaba and Cornelia Joubert, write Rutendo Nyahora off at your peril. The 28-year-old Zimbabwean loves racing in South Africa. She has been a thorn in the side of the local women for years and thrives on courses that offer a challenge. This Sunday’s race should be right up her alley.
“Absa Business is thrilled to bring the 2017 edition of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K, which is gradually becoming one of the most anticipated annual events in the provincial calendar. Beyond providing a competitive platform for professional athletes and promoting health and fitness among citizens, this magnificent race showcases the heritage of our remarkable City, from a wealth of beautiful architecture to wonderful landmarks such as the Mandela Bridge and the Constitution Hill,” says Themba Mabizela: Absa Business Provincial Head for Gauteng South and Central.
“This year’s race will see some of the country’s finest athletes parade their skills alongside Joburgers from all walks of life. We believe that this race offers a worthwhile experience for professional athletes and an element of fun for citizens. We encourage all participants to show up in their numbers with friends and families to cheers them until the finish line,” adds Mabizela.
Iconic landmarks to look out for on the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K route will include: 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.
|Date:||Sunday, 24 September 2017 (Heritage Day)|
|Start Venue:||Absa Bank City Johannesburg|
|Finish Venue:||Mary Fitzgerald Square Newtown|
Each entrant will receive a magnificent Event Performance T-shirt.
Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to support either or all three of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K Charities: the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Johannesburg SPCA and/or the Reach For A Dream Foundation.
Official hashtag: #J10krun
About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K sponsorship:
Absa Business is proud to be the title sponsor of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K. This sponsorship forms part of our ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on a healthy lifestyle and family involvement. Road running is an inclusive sport that allows us to engage with a larger audience and support a sporting disciplines that advance our commitment to building, enduring and rewarding relationships with communities we are a part of.
We believe in supporting a race that encourages people to run and know their city; a race that strives to 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 revamp has positively changed the experience of the precinct.
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 and an important part of Johannesburg’s Heritage.
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