The inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K is set to see some incredible racing on Sunday 27 August 2023 as the next generation of athletes, Nicholas Seoposengwe and Kabelo Seboko, both running in the colours of Boxer Athletics Club, enter the fray.
Nicholas proved that he should not be underestimated when he claimed victory at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K in 2022, while Kabelo became the latest addition to the illustrious sub-28-minute club when he claimed gold at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K early in July.
Seboko’s victory at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K saw him become only the 4th South African athlete to break the 28 minute mark in the last two years when he crossed the line in 27:56, taking a whopping 35 seconds off his previous best 10k time of 28:31. In the process he dragged Thabang Mosiako to his second sub 28 minute time in four months and also former SA 10km Record Holder, Stephen Mokoka to his first ever sub 28 minute run on South African soil.
“It’s an amazing feeling to break 28 minutes. Sometimes it still shocks me to think that I achieved that,” said Seboko. “The result has built my confidence and self-belief. I want to keep performing to maintain my confidence.”
Seboko credits his breakthrough to following training that suited him, which kept him injury free and allowed him to make steady progress. The talented athlete has big plans for the series, as he turns his attention to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K.
“I am excited to race the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K. It’s a big event for me and a very well organized one. I am preparing well for it,” confirms Seboko. “I will approach the race with confidence but with control. I aim to be prepared for anything and to respond to any race situation in the best way that I can.”
The addition of the latest sub-28-minute 10k athlete to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K has brought an added element to the race. But neither Seboko, nor Precious Mashele (who has also already confirmed his entry) can sit back and take it easy as the field is beginning to deepen. In addition to the 22-year-old Nicholas Seoposengwe, the impressive field will also include stalwarts Elroy Gelant and Gladwin Mzazi. Gelant has an affinity and liking for the tougher courses.
“The Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K boasts a fantastic lineup of elite athletes both in the men’s and women’s categories,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “In order to beat the best, you need to compete against the best. We are proud to be able to give SA’s elite athletes the opportunity to do just that at five world class events that are hosted on SA soil. We’re excited to introduce the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series to Tshwane in August and urge both the running community and residents to join us. Help us make it an event to remember as we #RunYourCity.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K
|Date:||Sunday 27 August 2023|
|Start & Finish Venue:||Union Buildings (Government Ave, Pretoria)|
|Entry Fee:||· 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/