Seen here: Runners enjoying the lively on route entertainment that the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K has become known for.
Photo Credit: David Tarpey
Three of Joburg’s leading performing arts groups, the Sophiatown Majorettes Club, Parktown Boys’ Brass Band and the Field Band Foundation will be back in full force entertaining runners in style at the 3rd annual Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on Monday, 24 September 2018 (National Heritage Day).
Established in Westbury in 2015, the Sophiatown Majorettes Club aims to restore the sport of majorettes in township communities.
“To be invited back to this prestigious event means that we did something right,” says Leanne King- Alexander, Head Coach Sophiatown Majorettes Club. “For many of our girls the 2017 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K was their first time being exposed to an event. Many of our girls have never left the township. Our involvement with the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K definitely enhanced their confidence. We are once again looking forward to experiencing the adrenaline rush. Cheering on the runners was thrilling, but nothing beat the feeling when the runners stopped to dance with us. Runners can expect spectacular synchronized choreography, energy and passion; with a burst of colour.”
Celebrating their third appearance at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K, the Parktown Boys’ High School has a reputation for excellence in music as an extra-curricular activity.
According to Godfrey Bell, Master in Charge at the Parktown Boys’ High School Band, the band is a traditional marching band that has been part of the school structure and culture for more than 80 years. “Our members are school boys between 14-17 years of age,” says Bell. “Our school is located in Parktown Johannesburg and most of these learners reside in the area. By performing at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K we are able to give back (to our community) a culture of fun, music, talent, focus, determination and creativity. Runners can expect to hear fun music, while having a great time and experience.”
Established in 1997, the Field Band Foundation is a non-profit company that aims to bring the global performance band concept to disadvantaged areas of South Africa, with the goal to develop a uniquely indigenous variant of this performance type. The ages of band members range from 10 – 21.
“The Field Band Foundation operates in 7 out of 9 provinces in South Africa and currently has 23 Field Bands across the country,” says Tsetse Baloyi, Field Band Foundation Communications and Events Officer. “This will be the third time that our bands perform at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K. We look forward to showcasing our music and dance skill while motivating runners to keep going until the finish. Participants can expect a splash of colours and electrifying performances from five of our Field bands: Soweto Field Band, Springs Field Band, Hammanskraal Field Band, Alexander Field Band and Witbank Field Band.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2018 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K
|Date:||Monday, 24 September 2018 (National Heritage Day)|
|Venue:||Start – Absa Bank City in Johannesburg|
|Finish – Mary Fitzgerald Square|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R170 (licensed) / R190 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) /R870 (unlicensed)
|Entries Close:||Monday, 10 September 2018|
PRIZE PURSE: The 2018 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K boasts an impressive Prize Purse of R250 000. Prize money has been allocated to the top 10 finishers in the Open Category (male and female). The winner of the 2018 event will take home an impressive R30 000 prize, while the 2nd and 3rd place finishers will take home R17 000 and R13 000 respectively. The top 3 finishers in the junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ categories will take home R3000, R2000 and R1000 respectively.
CLICK HERE to view the entire Prize Purse breakdown.
EXCITING ON ROUTE ACTIVATION: A highlight at the 2017 event, the exciting #ForeverFaster PUMA ‘Beat Bolt’ sprint will once again be the source of much excitement and #FastTimes. Runners will need to give their all over a 100m sprint (as part of the event route). This section of the route will be timed. The runner (male and female) to clock the fastest time over the 100m will take home a PUMA shopping voucher to the value of R10 000.
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online runners can choose to support one (or all three) of the event’s charities: the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Johannesburg SPCA and the Reach For A Dream Foundation.
Official hashtag: #J10krun
About the Absa Run Your City Series:
Absa is proud to bring you the Absa Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
Absa’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.
ISSUED BY: Newsport Media