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Seen here:  Jozi residents support the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN (sister event of the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN) City Clean-Up. 

Photo Credit:  Kyle Cestari

Durban residents are invited to help clean their city, in the prelude to the 3rd annual FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (taking place on Sunday 13 October 2019) by joining a fun “Durban City Clean-Up” on Saturday 12 October 2019 starting at the event Race Village (near Bike and Bean) at 07:00.

PETCO (South Africa’s national industry body accountable for managing the PET/polyethylene terephthalate plastic industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility) will provide the bags and gloves to be used during the clean-up.

“We are proud to play our part in keeping Durban clean,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “Together with PETCO we would like to inform residents about the impact that litter has on our environment.  We can all make a difference by keeping our city clean.  Going one step further, in 2019 we introduced a Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Management Campaign that aims to drastically reduce the usage of single-use plastics by 85%.  Our ultimate goal is to host a mass participation road running series that is plastic free #RunClean.”

“As always, PETCO is thrilled to be involved with the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN,” says Janine Osborne, PETCO Stakeholder and Relations Manager.  “We believe that clean-ups have an important role to play in shifting South Africa away from a ‘take-make-dispose’ system to a circular economy by ensuring that valuable resources, such as PET plastic bottles, are kept out of the environment, where they do not belong, and collected for recycling.  PET plastic bottle recycling in South Africa, which PETCO is responsible for, is doing very well. A 63% recycling rate was reached in 2018.  To date, a total of R6.7 billion has been injected into the South African economy through the manufacturing of end-use products made from recycled PET plastic, such as t-shirts, stuffing for duvets and brand new bottles.  We can be proud that South Africa has one of the highest audited PET bottle recycling rates in the world.”

“Initiatives such as the Durban City Clean-Up allow us to move off the side-lines and into the thick of consumer and civic responsibility,” continues Osborne.  “Plastic touches us all, whether directly or indirectly, and it is imperative that we come together to be part of true sustainability when the opportunity (such as this clean-up) presents itself.  PET bottles are not “single-use” bottles and are not trash. When they are recycled, they are made into new bottles for water or beverages or recycled into many new and useful products.  We are proud to be part of this initiative.  PETCO is sponsoring the bags and gloves for all the FNB Run Your City Series ‘City Clean-Ups’.”

For more information on PETCO visit www.petco.co.za

The FNB Run Your City Series consists of four events:  the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN (5th anniversary in 2019), FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN (4th anniversary in 2019), FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (3rd anniversary in 2019) and FNB Maputo 10K CITYRUN (inaugural event on Sunday 10 November 2019).

Exhilarating mass participation road races, each event celebrates the splendour of its host city.  Runners (and walkers) will be treated to a journey that will highlight iconic landmarks and feature lively performances on route. 

Over the short period of 5 years, the series has grown to over 40 000 runners in the three cities and has attained IAAF Bronze Label Status in two events (FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN and FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN).   The Durban race is now chasing Gold Label Status. The significance of that cannot be underestimated. Label Status means that the FNB Run Your City Series will attract some of the best athletes in the world, which means that South Africa’s top athletes get to race the best on home soil.  As a result, fast times will be recorded on the African Continent.

Over the past 5 years the series has delivered compelling racing and fast times which will now be shared with the world through the process of a Livestream. The FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will be livestreamed as was the Cape Town leg of the FNB Run Your City Series.

EVENT INFORMATION:  FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN

Date: Sunday 13 October 2019
Venue: Start – Blue Lagoon (Athlone Drive) / Finish – Beachfront Precinct (near The Bike and Bean
Charities:  When entering online runners can choose to support one (or all five) of the event’s charities 1. The Reach For A Dream Foundation, 2. TREE, 3. Durban & Coast SPCA, 4. LIV Village and 5. iThemba Lethu.
Prize Purse:  R250 000 / View the entire Prize Purse Breakdown here:   http://bit.ly/2MHQ4fd
Website:  www.durban10k.com

IN THE NEWS:  The FNB Run Your City Series has implemented a Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Management Campaign that aims to drastically reduce the usage of single-use plastics by 85% at all three events.  “The aim of the FNB Run Your City Series’ SUP Management Campaign is to drastically reduce the usage of single-use plastics by 85% at all three events.  Our ultimate goal is to host a mass participation road running series that is plastic free,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  

About the FNB Run Your City Series:

FNB is proud to once again bring you the FNB 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 FNB Run Your City Series is made up of three races around South Africa, namely, the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com

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