The Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K is renowned for attracting the crème de la crème of the running world, offering substantial bonuses for top performers and the potential for lightning-fast times, and 2023 is expected to maintain this exceptional standard come Sunday 9 July.
Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw, already the Women’s 10km World Record Holder in the Mixed Race (Men and Women) has made no secret that she is gunning for the Woman’s Only World Record of 30:01 that stands behind the name of Agnes Jebet (Kenya). Yehualaw knows the course is ideal to chase the record and with the traditionally perfect running weather on offer in Durban during July, there is no reason why she should not end up adding that record to her running CV as well. To that end the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K will also feature a separate elite women’s start, followed by the elite men’s and mass participation field, paving the way for Yehualaw, to challenge the women-only 10km World Record.
While a close eye will be kept on that record attempt, the incredible incentives on offer will, as they did in 2022, spur on the South African elite and with the standard improving the way that it has, chances are high that a big payday will be on offer at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K. Already South Africa boasts three men under 28 min of the current crop of runners and such is the depth at present, that more could well be added to that statistic.
SA 10km Record Holder, Precious Mashele has alluded to running a personal best. Should he better his time of 27:35, he stands to pocket a minimum of R100 000 (sub 27:40) and if he does dip below 27:30 the 32-year-old, who is in the shape of his life, will walk away with R120 000.
In form Glenrose Xaba who recently broke 32 min in the 10km for the first time will be looking to cash in too. With the stellar line up of Stella Chesang (Uganda), Frida Ndinda (Kenya), Edith Jepchumba (Kenya) and Neheng Khatala (Lesotho) all in the mix, there is no reason why Xaba will not be able to dip 31:50 and possibly even 31:40 which would earn her a bonus of R30 000 over and above the Prize Money on offer.
It is all shaping up to be yet another incredible day of racing on Sunday 9 July as the 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K rolls into town.
“The caliber of talent participating at this year’s Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K is awe-inspiring, setting the stage for a thrilling display of athletic prowess,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “As the competition heats up, you can almost feel the anticipation surrounding the possibility of witnessing a world record being shattered. It’s a testament to the relentless spirit and unwavering dedication of these incredible athletes. We look forward to witnessing an exhilarating showcase of speed, endurance, determination and ultimately history in the making.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K
|Sunday 09 July 2023
|Masabalala Yengwa Ave
|Durban Beach Front Promenade (Golden Mile)
|· Licenced Runner: R240.00· Temporary Licence: R50.00
|· Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Event Performance T-shirt
· Absa Entrant Gifts (Peak Cap, Drawstring Bag, Socks & Shoelaces)
· DHL Water Bottle
· Race Number with Timing Chip
· Sponsor Route Entertainment Points
· Amazing Route Entertainment Points from Start to Finish
· 2 x Refreshment Stations on Route
· Tog Bag Drop and Collect Service
· Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Finisher’s Medal
PRIZE PURSE: The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series boasts an impressive, combined Prize Purse of R 1 560 000.00 in 2023. Each of the five events will be assigned R312 000.00 in prize money of which R252 000.00 will be allocated towards the Open Category (R126 000.00 going to Top 10 Open Men’s and R126 000.00 to Top 10 Open Women’s), and R60 000 towards Age Categories (Junior, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69 and 70+ Age Categories). To view the prize purse breakdown please visit https://runyourcityseries.com/
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K online runners and walkers can make a difference by supporting five local charities: 1. Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD), 2. Durban & Coast SPCA, 3. TREE (Training and Resources in Early Education), 4. LIV Village and 5. iThemba Lethu.
WIN A CHERY TIGGO 4 PRO URBAN VEHICLE: One lucky entrant will go home with a stylish Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Urban Vehicle valued at over R308 900.00 compliments of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series and event partners Chery South Africa and Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance. To be in the running to win this fantastic prize the following three boxes need to be ticked: you need to enter the event (and pay the entry fee), collect your race number (during the stipulated race pack collection times) and be on the start line on event day.
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About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series
A proudly South African mass participation road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has been revolutionizing the sport since 2015. A road running celebration like no other, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series comprises five unique events namely the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K (launched in 2023), Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K (launched in 2015), the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K (launched in 2017), Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K (launched in 2023) and the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K (launched in 2016).
A diverse road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series integrates businesses, families, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
For further information please visit https://runyourcityseries.com/