Seen here: Field Band members encourage runners through music and dance at the 2018 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.
Photo Credit: David Tarpey
Celebrating its 4th anniversary on Tuesday 24 September 2019, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K has become known for its exciting route entertainment. The 2019 event will be no different with the Alexandra and Soweto Field Bands and Parktown Boys’ Brass Band secured and ready to entertain the masses on National Heritage Day.
Established in 1997, the Field Band Foundation is a non-profit company that aims to use the marching band concept to provide critical life-skills to young people from under-resourced areas in seven out of nine provinces in South Africa. The ages of band members range from 10 – 21.
“The Soweto Field Band was established in 1997, while the Alexandra Field Band was established in 2000. Both bands will be seen in action at the 2019 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K,” says Refilwe Pico, the Field Band Foundation Communications and Events Officer. “This will be our fourth year performing at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K. We are excited about this because such events give our members the opportunity to showcase their musical and dancing skills. Being part of this event has been a fun and eye-opening experience for our members and we are looking forward to contributing to the ambiance on event day. While spectators cheer for runners, we will encourage them with music and dance. Runners (and spectators) can look forward to a vibrant, entertaining and participatory musical and dance experience that is sure to add flavour to this year’s Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.”
Also celebrating their fourth 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 school has a rich heritage and vibrant band. “The band comprises of boys between the ages 13 – 17 years, with every learner being musically talented,” says Bell. “All students are taught to play brass and reed instruments, as well as drums when they enter the school in Grade 8. We have been participating in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K for four years now. This year we are looking forward to upholding and improving on our performance when entertaining the runners. In the past runners would stop at our station to listen to our music. We hope that they will do the same this year. We are looking forward to yet another exciting experience with the runners.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2019 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K
Starting in front of Absa Bank City, runners (and walkers) will be treated to a 10km route experience that will highlight iconic landmarks and feature lively performances by a host of Joburg’s leading performing arts groups. Iconic landmarks to look out for will include: the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Absa Bank City, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University and Ellis Park Stadium to mention just a few.
|Date:||Tuesday, 24 September 2019|
|Venue:||Start – Absa Bank City in Johannesburg|
|Finish – Mary Fitzgerald Square (Newtown)|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R185 (licensed) / R220 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R885 (unlicensed)
|Entries Close:||Monday, 09 September 2019|
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online runners can choose to support one (or all four) of the event’s charities: 1. Cotlands, 2. Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, 3. Johannesburg SPCA and 4. Reach For A Dream Foundation.
PRIZE PURSE: The 2019 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K boasts an impressive R250 000 prize purse. This prize purse includes a whopping total of R30 000 that will go to both the open men’s and women’s winners on the day. Prize money has been allocated to the top 10 finishers in the Open Category, with the runner- up in the Open Men’s and Women’s races taking home R17 000 each and the final spot on the podium securing R13 000. Juniors, Veterans, Masters, Grand Master as well as the 70+ age groupers will earn prize money from 1st to 3rd place.
CLICK HERE to view the entire Prize Purse Breakdown.
About the Absa Run Your City Series:
Absa is proud to once again bring you the Absa Run Your City Series which comprises of three unique mass participation events that integrate business involvement, family, diversity, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants, both individuals and businesses alike.
Each of the races are developed to take participants through the historical routes around each city, thereby adding a tourism element to each race, making it more than a race but an economic opportunity for each community.
The Absa Run Your City Series is made up of three races around South Africa, namely, the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.
For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com
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