Mbongeni Ngxazoza and Lebogang Phalula claimed gold in the Cell C Day of Races powered by Reebok in Johannesburg.
Photo Credit: David Tarpey
The inaugural Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok took the city of Johannesburg by storm on Sunday, 28 August 2016.
Just under 4700 eager runners and walkers gathered at the Roosevelt High School (Johannesburg) to partake in the phenomena of 5km road running.
The theme of the Cell C Day Of Races is ‘find your fit’. Entrants could choose between five exciting start waves: 1. pretty fit, 2. pace makers (50 years+), 3. sole mates (pairs), 4. young, fast & free and 5. anything goes.
The 6th and final wave, the elite race, was the source of much excitement with runners setting a blistering pace from start to finish.
Mbongeni Ngxazoza led the Elite Men’s race from the 2km mark, crossing the finish line first in a lightning fast time of 13 minutes 59 seconds. “The course was just right,” says a very happy Ngxazoza. “My plan was to stick with the guys, but at the 2km mark I decided to increase my pace. I used to run 5000m on the track, but now my focus is on marathon and half marathon distances. I am very happy with my performance today. It’s a good indication of where my fitness is at the moment. I am very impressed with the organisation of the Cell C Day of Races. It’s on par with the big international races that I’ve competed at. I will definitely be back next year.” Precious Mashele came in second, while Sibusiso Nzima finished third.
Lebogang Phalula was the lady to beat in the Elite Women’s race. Phalula’s valiant effort secured her the top spot on the podium in an impressive time of 16 minutes 13 seconds. “I planned to run with the young stars, but at the 2km mark I just couldn’t resist and broke away from the group,” admits Phalula. “I ended up running my own race. As I am currently training for a marathon, I felt that my speed was lacking. I really enjoyed the race though. The benefits of a 5km race is that it helps us ladies improve our speed. I wish that there were more 5km races that we could compete at.” Glenrose Xaba came in second, while Lebo Phalula finished third.
“The Cell C Day of Races powered by Reebok was exceptionally well received in Johannesburg,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “The concept of 5km racing is long overdue in South Africa. If you look at today’s turnout it is clear that the residents of Johannesburg agree. We are thankful to both the athletes and our sponsors for their unwavering support and are now even more excited to introduce the Cell C Day of Races to Cape Town on 11 September.”
Next up: The Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok will also take place in Cape Town at the Green Point Athletics Stadium on Sunday, 11 September 2016.
Charity Support: The Cell C Day Of Races powered by Reebok supports the Unogwaja Charitable Trust. The charity’s vision can be broadly described under “education” but at its core is the willingness to support, enable and empower those people in our country who have not given up hope and who are already doing their best to make it better for themselves and the people around them, regardless of their circumstances.
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