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Seen here:  Runners (and walkers) put their DHL water bottles to good use at the 5th annual ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN in support of #ICarryMyOwn and #RunClean. 

Photo Credit:  Mark Sampson

Following the introduction of a Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Management Campaign at the 5th annual ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN in May this year, the organisers of the ABSA Run Your City Series are excited to take their learnings to Johannesburg and Durban where they’ll host the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN on Tuesday 24 September (National Heritage Day) and ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN on Sunday 13 October 2019.

“The aim of the ABSA Run Your City Series’ SUP Management Campaign is to drastically reduce the usage of single-use plastics by 85% at all three events which includes the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN (Sunday 19 May), ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN (Tuesday 24 September) and ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (Sunday 13 October ),” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “Our ultimate goal is to host a mass participation road running series that is plastic free.”

“Single-use plastics are used only once before they are thrown away or, on a more positive note, recycled.  These items include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging,” says Agne du Plessis, Stillwater Sports General Manager:  Road Running.  “As part of our SUP Management Campaign we have teamed up with #RunClean and #ICarryMyOwn.  We are thankful for the positive manner in which Capetonians welcomed the campaign at the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN.  Runners (and walkers) put their DHL water bottles to good use on the day in support of #ICarryMyOwn and #RunClean.  Strict ‘litter zones’ were also implemented to ensure a litter free route.  We are excited to take our learnings to Johannesburg and Durban where we’ll implement our campaign at the 4th annual ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and 3rd annual ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUNRunners and walkers are encouraged to support our campaign, help keep your city clean and #RunYourCityYourWay.”

Other ways in which the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will reduce single-use plastic usage in 2019 includes:

Race Pack Collection

  1. NO plastic bags for goodie bags –paper bags only
  2. NO plastic bags for race numbers
  3. NO individually packaged event t-shirts
  4. Race numbers will be made from recycled plastic bottles

Race Day:

  1. NO plastic packaging for event branding
  2. NO Plastic accreditation –only cardboard
  3. Reusable cable ties for signage and branding
  4. Gaining support of event partner to eliminate single-use plastic usage.

Water Stations:

  1. The number of water points on route will be reduced from 3 to 2 at the 5km and 10km marks, 2.85% less plastic water sachets at water points, use recyclable paper cups instead.
  2. As part of their entry all runners will receive a DHL running water bottle. Don’t forget to bring your bottle with on race day to be part of our #ICarryMyOwn Campaign.
  3. Encouraging runners to run with a hydration pack and/or water bottle. Be self-sufficient #ICarryMyOwn
  4. Refill stations for water bottles will be allocated at the start and along the route.
  5. There will be designated Litter Zones with litter pens to keep the route litter free #RunClean


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
Start Time: 08:00
Venue: Start – ABSA Bank City in Johannesburg
  Finish – Mary Fitzgerald Square
Entry Fee: Standard Entry: R185 (licensed) / R220 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R885 (unlicensed)

Entries Close: Monday, 09 September 2019

Facebook:  Joburg-10K

Twitter:  @joburg10K

Instagram:  @Joburg10K

Hashtag: #ABSARunYourCity

Website:  www.joburg10k.com



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 Time: 07:00
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

Facebook:  Durban10k

Twitter:  @Durban10k

Instagram:  @Durban10k 

Official hashtag:  #ABSARunYourCity

Website:  www.durban10k.com

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