Heritage Day, Saturday 24 September, will see the streets of Jozi painted red when close to 12 000 runners take on the final event in the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.
It has been three years since the popular race that goes through the heart of the city was held and excitement is at fever pitch. In typical Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series fashion, the streets will be lined with entertainment. No less than seven activation points will provide the race with an electric and festive atmosphere, and it starts with the first four kilometres running on the M1 and M2 Highways.
Up front a fierce battle is expected to rage with arguably the best field assembled in 2022 as the likes of Olympian, Precious Mashele, SA 10km Champion, Andries Sesedi, rising star Nicholas Seoposengwe, SA 10km Cross Country Champion Mbuleli Mathanga and SA 5000m record holder, Elroy Gelant will be looking to close out the season in style.
Mathanga is the fastest in the field with his 28:03 run at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K in July and is full of confidence after his dominating run at the SA Cross Country Championships on 17 September where he won the 10km race. “I am confident for race day,” said Mathanga. “I sprained my ankle around 7km into the race in Durban (Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K) and just missed out on breaking 28min. So I am looking for a good race on Saturday.”
Precious Mashele has made it known that only a win will be good enough and he showed he is coming back into great shape after his comfortable win at the Gun Run 10km where he crossed the line in 28:35. “I want to win. I am back after having had to deal with some injuries in 2022, but I am back.”
New Kid on the block, Andries Sesedi will keep the pack honest. The 21-year-old showed racing savvy rarely seen in one so young to win the SA 10km Title on 13 August. His timely move was too much for the race favourite Mbuleli Mathanga and his win will have boosted his confidence to no end, meaning the big guns and favourites cannot ignore Sesedi come 24 September. Runner up behind Sesedi at the SA 10km Championships was Nicholas Seoposengwe and just as it was for Sesedi, that race was a big breakthrough for Seoposengwe, who is also only 21.
Elroy Gelant has been quiet since his 10 000m run at the Africa Championships in July, but it is always an ominous sign when Gelant goes “off radar”, it means he is preparing for something big and Gelant has made it known that he is eyeing a podium position at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.
Eastern Cape’s Melikhaya Frans was second in the Gun Run and Reghen Magwai third, meaning they too are in good form and will be right in the mix with the front pack. Frans will be a hard man to beat after his experience at the World Marathon Championships where he took 2 minutes off his marathon best. Kabelo Melamu is fresh off his win at the SA Cross Country Championships 4km, expect him to be in the mix too.
Other names to look out for are the ever-dangerous Collen Mulaudzi and Thabang Mosiako who has found a new lease on his racing career after moving to the Eastern Cape to train with Melikhaya Frans. But race favourite has to be the fastest man in the field, Namakoe Nkhasi who set a new Lesotho 10km record and shaved almost 40sec off his PB when he finished second in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K, clocking 27:52.
The women’s race will be just as exciting with no less than six athletes who have gone sub 33min over the 10km distance. Race favourite on paper is Lesotho’s Neheng Khatala with her 32:06 PB run at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K on 15 May. The popular Gerda Steyn is looking for a good run and her 74:51 for second at the Gun Run will bode well for her as she was racing on Marathon Pace in preparation for the New York Marathon in November. The Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K is the perfect race for her to get some speed work in and she will be sure to be up front with the leaders. Lebo Phalula has found her form again and is close to the 32:27 best time she set in 2014. Her 32:59 run at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K is a clear indication that she is approaching the best form of her life.
Glenrose Xaba though will be difficult to beat. Xaba was crowned SA 10km Champion on 13 August and SA 10km Cross Country Champion on 17 September. Since July Xaba has won the Foskor Half Marathon (73:55), the Johannesburg Totalsports Women’s Race (34:35), the SA 10km Title and the SA 10km Cross Country Title and is running injury free. “I am feeling good. I have had a busy time since July but have had some good results and winning the SA Cross Country Championships 10k shows me I am in shape. So I am expecting a good race.”
Kesa Molotsane will renew her battle with Xaba and Cacisile Sosibo on race day, and on the new route of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K that takes in around 4km of the M1 and M2 Highways, expect some faster times in both the men’s and women’s races.
EVENT INFORMATION: 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K
|Date:||Saturday 24 September 2022|
|Start & Finish:||Start: Lilian Ngoyi Street, Mary Fitzgerald Square
Finish: Rahima Moosa Street, Mary Fitzgerald Square
RACE PACK COLLECTION:
Venue: Ellis Park Arena
Dates & Times:
- Thursday, 22 September 2022: 09h00 – 19h00
- Friday, 23 September 2022: 09h00 – 19h00
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K online entrants can choose to support four local charities: 1. Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD), 2. Cotlands, 3. Johannesburg SPCA and 4. Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.
NEW ROUTE: The 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K will boast an exciting new route that includes fun sections of the M1 and M2 Highways. For more information CLICK HERE
WIN a Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Urban at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K: All runners (and walkers) that enter the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K will stand a chance to win a stunning Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Urban vehicle to the value of R289 900.00 on event day. To be in the running to win the vehicle you must enter the event (and pay the entry fee), collect your race number from Race Pack Collection during the stipulated days and times and be on the start line on race day. For more information CLICK HERE
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About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series
A proudly South African mass participation road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has been revolutionizing the sport since 2015. A road running celebration like no other, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series comprises three unique events namely the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K (launched in 2015), the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K (launched in 2017) and the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K (launched in 2016).
A diverse road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series integrates businesses, families, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
For further information please visit https://runyourcityseries.com/