Seen here: Traditional Zulu Dancers welcome runners across the finish line at the 2018 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.
Photo Credit: Anthony Grote
Entries for the 3rd annual ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (taking place on Sunday 13 October 2019) will open this coming Saturday 01 June.
“Although only in its third year, the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN has delivered nail-biting performances,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “In 2017 the inaugural event saw Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei smash the South African all-comers record of 27:55 set by Richard Limo in Port Elizabeth in 2004. Cheptegei crossed the line in 27:28 for the fourth fastest time in the world that year (October), as well as a Ugandan national record. If that wasn’t enough, Mercyline Chelangat ran a national Ugandan record (31:37) in the women’s race, while Julien Wanders (who finished 3rd in the men’s race) set a Swiss national record (28:12). The excitement continued in 2018 with Cheptegei breaking his own course record and with that the Ugandan record and the SA all-comers record (new record 27:16). By finishing second (27:32) Swiss sensation, Julien Wanders broke both the Swiss national 10km record and the European 10km record (set in 2010 by Mo Farah), making him the fastest European of all time over 10km (at that time). Stella Chesang (31:14) smashed the women’s course record, the Ugandan national 10km record, and came within one second of the SA all-comers record.”
“Although there is no lack in excitement in the elite race, the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is a mass participation road run that grants all entrants the unique opportunity to explore their city on foot,” continues Meyer. “Runners (and walkers) can look forward to an action packed 10km journey that highlights important landmarks and features exciting live entertainment compliments of Durban’s leading performing arts groups. The fresh sea air and magnificent ocean views will definitely add to the experience. Durbanites are invited to #RunDurbanTheirWay.”
“The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is one of the most stimulating races in Durban. As ABSA, we are looking forward to spending time with our clients, families, friends, walkers, professional runners and everyone who will be partaking in this race. We would like to encourage Durbanites and everyone from all walks of life to enter and not miss this highly contested race,” adds Bonga Sebesho, Head of Sponsorships at ABSA.
EVENT INFORMATION: ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN
The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is the last of three mass participation road running events that make up the ABSA Run Your City Series. The 2019 series kicked off in Cape Town in May with the 5th annual ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN. Joburg will host the 4th annual ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN on Sunday, 24 September 2019 (National Heritage Day), after which Durban will have its turn to shine.
|Date:||Sunday, 13 October 2019|
|Start Venue:||Blue Lagoon (Athlone Drive)|
|Finish Venue:||Beachfront Precinct (near The Bike and Bean)|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R185 (licensed) / R215 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R880 (unlicensed)
|Entries Open:||Saturday, 01 June 2019|
|Entries Close:||Monday, 30 September 2019|
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online runners (and walkers) can support one of five Durban based charities: 1. The Reach For A Dream Foundation, 2. TREE, 3. Durban & Coast SPCA, 4. LIV Village and/or 5. iThemba Lethu.
Official hashtag: #ABSARunYourCity
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 Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.
For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com
ISSUED BY: Stillwater Sports
ON BEHALF OF: ABSA Run Your City Series