Seen here: Sophiatown Majorettes Club members entertaining and cheering for runners during the 2018 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.
Photo Credit: David Tarpey
The Sophiatown Majorettes Club will celebrate its hat trick performance at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on Tuesday 24 September 2019 (National Heritage Day).
Established in Westbury in 2015, the Sophiatown Majorettes Club is a registered NPC that aims to restore the sport of majorettes in township communities.
“Our program however goes beyond the barriers of training the skills of majoretting,” says Leanne King-Alexander, Head Coach Sophiatown Majorettes Club. “We also equip our members with life skills. Participating in this sport requires dedication, commitment, discipline, self-respect and respect for others, comradery amongst members, love, trust and loyalty towards each other. At present our team comprises of twenty majorette members, two dedicated officials and two parent volunteers who assist with preparing the team for competitions and performances.”
“We are excited to be invited to perform this year. It means that we did something right,” says King-Alexander. “Some of our girls have never left the township. Being exposed to this event and going to the city is a fantastic opportunity for them, one that they are very excited about. They thoroughly enjoy the day. The girls feel like celebrities when the runners stop to take photographs. In addition to giving the girls the opportunity to showcase their talent, the event also encourages them to continue with the sport. Being part of such a significant event gives them a sense of belonging. Runners can look forward to synchronized choreography, energy and passion with a burst of colour. We are hoping to evoke some nostalgia from participants who were either majorettes back in the day or “drummie” moms and dads at some point in their lives.”
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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