South Africa’s three time SA Champion in the 1500m, Nkosinathi Sibiya (Sophiatown, Johannesburg), has cast his eye on the fifth and final Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series race in 2023, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K that will take place on National Heritage Day (Sunday 24 September).
Renowned for his tactical acumen, the PUMA athlete has a devastating kick in the final stages of the three-quarter mile race which has earned him the National Title in the 1500m in 2018, 2021 and 2022.
With a best time of 3:37.93 in the 1500m and 14:24 in the 5000m, Sibiya knows how to turn it on. But he is no slouch away from the track either, his 28:48 PB in the 10km is testament to his versatility. That time coming at the 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K on 9 July.
“I took part in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K to check and improve my overall endurance, while preparing for a new personal best in the 10km,” confirms Sibiya. “The race went well, and I accomplished my targets. I then entered the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K as part of my training.”
Now the 29-year-old has set his sights on the final leg of the series in Johannesburg. Sibiya will be no stranger to the streets of the City of Gold as he is based there and spends much of his time training around the hilly streets of Auckland Park close to the UJ Campus, whom he has represented for the last few years.
“I am excited to be competing in the last event of the series,” admits Sibiya. “It’s a great series to compete in. You get exposure, the atmosphere is amazing, and the vibe is unbeatable. The series is tough and really pushes the boundaries.
Sibiya has only hit the roads on four occasions in his career, all over 10km and his improvement has been steady. From a 31:09 debut in 2018, Sibiya has chipped away at his time, going 30:00 in 2019, 29:10 at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K in 2022 to his PB of 28:48 in Durban this year.
“We love having Nkosinathi Sibiya, SA’s top 1500m athlete, compete in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “The series is a fun way for athletes to enhance endurance, while elevating performance. The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series presents an exciting challenge that will undoubtedly benefit the overall athletic capabilities of all athletes. We would like to invite all SA Elites, irrespective of the discipline that they specialize in, to follow Nkosinathi’s lead and join us at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on National Heritage Day. Get ready to #RunYourCity.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K
|Date:||Sunday 24 September 2023|
|Start & Finish Venue:||Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg|
· Licenced Runners R240.00
· Unlicenced Runners R240.00 plus Temp Licence R60.00
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
· Lively 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
· Transport Service (to start and from finish)
CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K online entrants can choose to support four local charities: 1. Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD), 2. Cotlands, 3. Johannesburg SPCA and 4. Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.
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/