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Seen here:  The elite men’s field in action at the 2018 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

The field at the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (13 October 2019) is beginning to load up with Yohans Kifle from Eritrea recently being added to the mix.

It is going to take something special to take line honours on Sunday 13 October as already Elroy Gelant, the 2017 SA 10km Champion, and SA 10Km record holder Stephen Mokoka have confirmed their presence on the start line.

They will need to be at their best though, as the race has just announced the first international competition in Yohans Kifle from Eritrea.

Kifle is not yet 20 but has already created waves in his short career on the running circuit.  Kifle narrowly missed out on making the Eritrean Team to the World Championships in Doha this year.

The 19-year-old lined up in a highly competitive 5000m Diamond League Race in Rabat on 16 June. In only his first competitive outing in the 5000m, he finished 8th, crossing the line in 13:27.06. Kifle had shown glimpses of his talent at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March this year after finishing 13th in the Junior Race. He also finished in 12th place at the All Africa Games in Rabat in August in the 5000m. Kifle made his debut on the tarmac in December of 2018, running 28:31 in Houilles, France.

“We saw then that he had big potential on the road and have started to steer him in that direction,” says Jurrie van der Velden of Global Sports Communication. “We know that he has immense potential so we were really happy to receive an invite to the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.  We believe that a sub 28 could be on the cards in Durban.”

If Kifle is able to break the 28 minute mark in Durban, that would make him only the 5th athlete to dip the mark in the ABSA Durban 10K CITRYSURFRUN. Only Joshua Cheptegei, two-time winner, Julien Wanders, Moses Koech and Stephen Kissa have gone faster than 28 minutes.

The ABSA Run Your City Series consists of three events:  the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN (5th anniversary in 2019), ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN (4th anniversary in 2019) and ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (3rd anniversary in 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.   The Durban race is now chasing Gold Label Status. The significance of that cannot be underestimated. Label Status means that the ABSA 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 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will be livestreamed as was the Cape Town leg of the ABSA Run Your City Series.


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 ABSA 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 ABSA 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 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