Following the excitement of the Cape Town leg of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series that took place just over a week ago, Stillwater Sports is thrilled to announce that Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who is currently the World Record Holder in the 10km, will headline the women’s race at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K on Sunday 09 July 2023. Her world record stands at 29:14 and was set in Spain in 2022.
“This is massive news for the series and for SA road running. Not only is Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s entry into the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K the highest point for the Series to date, but it’s also a fantastic accomplishment for South African sport,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “We’ve seen the level of South African middle-distance running improve immensely over the last couple of years. This can be attributed to the fact that SA’s elites are being given more opportunities to race against the world’s best athletes on home soil. With a world record behind her name, lovers of the sport will see the world’s best female runner compete in Durban. We can’t wait to welcome Yalemzerf to the start line, ready to make history.”
Yehualaw clocked a 29:14 in Spain on 27 February 2022 to set the World Record. This year, in Valencia, she missed her own World Record by a mere 5 seconds, clocking 29:19.
Yehualaw’s track record speaks for itself. Bronze at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2020, gold over the same distance at the All-African Games, and winner of the 2022 London Marathon, Yehualaw at 23, is an established global super star of road running. Not only is she the world record holder over 10k, but she also holds the second fastest half marathon time (63:51) ever run.
Yehualaw’s entry into the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K means that she is the fastest ever woman to line up in the series. If there was ever any doubt that the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series is a truly international series which pits the best of South Africa against the best of Africa and the World, Yehualaw racing in Durban should put those doubts to bed.
Yalemzerf Yehualaw is the latest in a string of international athletes who are World Champions, Olympic Champions or World Record Holders to descend on the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, with athletes like Joshua Cheptegei (2x World Record Holder, 2x World Champion and 1x Olympic Champion) and Daniel Ebenyo (Commonwealth and African Championships silver medalist) amongst others to have already raced in the series.
The Ethiopian will no doubt set the streets of Durban on fire on the fast and flat course. There is a strong possibility that the fastest ever time set by a woman on South African and African soil will be set at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K come Sunday 09 July.
Meyer concludes, “We hope that Yalemzerf’s participation will encourage thousands of runners to enter the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K. It’s not often that we as road runners get to line up with the world record holder on the start line. That’s the beauty and magic of road running.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K
|Date:||Sunday 09 July 2023|
|Start Venue:||Sun Coast Parking Area|
|Finish Venue:||Durban Beach Front Promenade (Golden Mile)|
|Entry Fee:||Licenced Runner: R240.00|
Temporary Licence: R50.00
|Entry Includes:||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
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.
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/
Hashtag: #RunYourCity #AbsaRunYourCity
Absa Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.
Absa Group offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.
Absa operates in fourteen countries. The Group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Absa Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia and has insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. Absa also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, and securities entities in the United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit www.absa.africa
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/