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Seen here:  The elite men’s field in action at the 2017 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. 

Photo Credit:  Tobi Ginsberg

An impressive incentive scheme has been announced for South African athletes taking part in the 2nd annual ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN on Sunday, 14 October 2018.

Incentives announced for South Africa’s elite athletes include R3000 for a time placing to R50 000 for a SA Record.

“South Africa is rich in talent especially in the sport of road running,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “While our athletes get to compete against the world’s best abroad, they rarely get the opportunity to do so on home soil.  The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, however grants them this opportunity.   They get to compete against the best athletes (local and from abroad) in a world class ‘local’ 10km race.  Our goal is to help improve their abilities, while further uplifting the standard of South African road running.”

“We’re excited to take this one step further by introducing an incentive scheme for all South African elite runners,” continues Meyer.  “We are proud to be able to use the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN as an incentive to motivate South African runners to continue improving on SA soil.  The incentive is in addition to the R750 000.00 prize purse that is spread across the ABSA Run Your City Series.”

The ABSA Run Your City Series is made up of the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

In the men’s race, the categories start from 29 min 30 sec to 29 min 59 sec (in other words sub 30minutes) and decrease by 30 seconds each time, right down to a new SA Record – sub 27:38. The full breakdown is listed below.

The women’s incentive scheme starts at sub 34:30 and goes down to the women’s SA record of 31:13 or better. The first five athletes in each category will be awarded the incentive prizes.

Important to note, is that this is not cumulative. In other words, if 3 athletes break 28:30, they are ONLY eligible for the sub 28:30 incentive, not the incentive that would go with the sub 30, sub 29:30 and so forth. The same applies to the women. The SA Record incentives apply to the Open category only.

Incentive Scheme:  SA Men

29m30 – 29m59 R    3000.00 Not cumulative
29m00 – 29m29 R    6000.00 Not cumulative
28m30 – 28m59 R12 000.00 Not cumulative
28m00 – 28m29 R20 000.00 Not cumulative
27m38 – 27m59 R30 000.00 Not cumulative
Sub 27m38 R50 000.00 Not cumulative

Incentive Scheme:  SA Women

34m30 – 33m29 R    3000.00 Not cumulative
33m28 – 33m00 R    6000.00 Not cumulative
32m59 – 32m30 R12 000.00 Not cumulative
32m29 – 32m00 R20 000.00 Not cumulative
31m59 – 31m30 R30 000.00 Not cumulative
Sub 31:13 R50 000.00 Not cumulative

The current men’s record of 27:38 was run in Manchester by Stephen Mokoka in 2015, while the 31:13 women’s record stands behind the name of Elana van Zyl Meyer and was run in Budapest in 2001.


Celebrating its 2nd anniversary in 2018, the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN grants entrants the unique opportunity to explore their city on foot.  In addition to lively on-route entertainment and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best middle distance runners, the 2018 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN route will also highlight a number of Durban’s iconic landmarks.

Date: Sunday, 14 October 2018
Start Time: 07:00
Start Venue: Blue Lagoon (Athlone Drive)
Finish Venue: Beachfront Precinct (near The Bike and Bean)

The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is proudly hosted by KZN Athletics.

CHARITY SUPPORTWhen 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.

PRIZE PURSEThe ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will boast a whopping Prize Purse of R250000 in 2018.  Prize Money will be awarded to the top ten men’s and women’s finishers in the open category with the overall winners each taking home R30 000.  Prize money has also been allocated to the top three finishers in the junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ age group categories.

EXCITING ON ROUTE ACTIVATIONPUMA South Africa has thrown down the gauntlet challenging runners to ‘Beat Bolt’ at the 2nd annual ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.   The ‘Beat Bolt’ Sprint requires speed.  Be prepared to give your all over a 100m sprint.  This section of the route will be timed.  The runner (male and female) to clock the fastest time over  the 100m will be rewarded with a PUMA shopping voucher to the value of R10 000.

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Twitter:  @Durban10k

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Official hashtag:  #ABSARunYourCity

Website:  www.durban10k.com

About the ABSA Run Your City Series:

ABSA is proud to bring you the ABSA Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.

ABSA’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com


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ON BEHALF OF:                                    ABSA Run Your City Series a Stillwater Sports Initiative