The field deepens as the darling of South African road running, Gerda Steyn, confirms her entry into the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K that will take place in the Jacaranda City on Sunday 27 August 2023.
After a record-breaking year in which she shattered her own Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon record (becoming the only athlete to win four times in a row) and then obliterating the 24-year-old Comrades Marathon record of Frith van der Merwe (van der Merwe ran 5:54.43 in 1989, Steyn clocked 5:44.54), Steyn has now set her sights on the shorter distance of 10km.
“I’m excited to be in Tshwane for the first ever Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSWHANE 10K,” says Steyn. “It is a great honour for me to be invited. I know the route will be tough and that suits me, so I will be hoping to be competitive on 27 August.”
Steyn is affectionately known as the darling of South African road running, not only due to her breathtaking performances, but also her availability and charm when dealing with runners of all abilities. The 33-year-old always makes time for those who want a photo or merely a chat, and it is that charm that has endeared her to the South African running public.
Drawing from the rich heritage of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, the first-ever Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K has attracted an exceptional Women’s Field. Already confirmed are South African star, Glenrose Xaba and Lesotho’s three-time National Record Holder, Neheng Khatala. Now added to the mix are in form Cacisile Sosibo (South Africa), Uganda’s Docus Ajok and Ethiopia’s Debash Desta.
Sosibo has found great form in the second half of the year, culminating in her win at the Totalsports Women’s Race in Durban on 9 August. Ajok is also in fine form and is arguably the favourite for the race on Sunday 27 August. In all three of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series races this year, she has always finished on the podium. Third in Gqeberha and second in both Cape Town and Durban, with a new PB of 31:54, means that Ajok will be the one lining up with a bull’s eye on her back at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K.
Ethiopia’s Debash Desta has also been added to the field. Boasting a half marathon best time of 71:01 and a 10km best time of 32:14, Desta will be a dangerous protagonist come race day.
“In true Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series form the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K will boast fantastic racing in both the men’s and women’s elite fields,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “We’re excited that Gerda will line up for her first RUN YOUR CITY Series race of the year. We look forward to welcoming her and all the other elite, category and social runners (and walkers) to the Series’ debut in Tshwane.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K
|Sunday 27 August 2023
|Start & Finish Venue:
|Union Buildings (Government Ave, Pretoria)
|· Licenced Runners R240.00
· Non Licenced Runner R240.00 plus Temp Licence R50.00
Standard Entry Includes:
· Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Event Performance T-shirt
· Absa Peak Cap
· Absa Drawstring Bag
· Absa Socks
· Absa Shoelaces
· DHL Water Bottle
· Race Number with Timing Chip
· Sponsor Route Entertainment Points
· Route Entertainment Points
· 2 x Refreshment Stations on Route
· Tog Bag Drop and Collect Service
· Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series Finisher’s Medal
CHARITY SUPPORT: Celebrating its Tshwane debut in 2023, when entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K online, runners and walkers can support three local charities: Reach for A Dream, Cotlands and the Tshwane SPCA.
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/
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/