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Seen here (from left to right):  Boxer Athletes Elroy Gelant and Glenrose Xaba claim gold at the inaugural Absa Maputo 10K CITYRUN in 2019.  

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg


The Absa Run Your City Series (RYCS) has received a major coup with the announcement that the athletes from the Boxer Athletics Club will be participating in the Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run on Thursday 24 September 2020.

“The Boxer Athletics Club has become the preeminent club for SA’s greatest middle-distance athletes,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “Including the likes of Elroy Gelant, Stephen Mokoka, Glenrose Xaba and Tanith Maxwell, when you see an athlete toe the line dressed in the striking Boxer red, black and white colours, you know that the race is on.  We are excited to see the Boxer athletes in action on National Heritage Day when they take on the Virtual Run.”

“The Boxer Athletics Club has enjoyed many years of successful participation in the Absa RYCS events.  Our runners are eagerly counting down the days to the Heritage Day Virtual Run.  It’s given them a sense of purpose again after the hard lockdown period.  Hopefully everything will return to normal in 2021 and we’ll be able to dominate the start line of the RYCS in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg,” said Boxer Athletics Club Chairman Andrew Mills. 

Boxer Athletics Club athletes that will be seen in action on the day will include (but are not limited to):  Glenrose Xaba, Tanith Maxwell, Lebo Phalula, Lebogang Phalula, Cherise Carreira (Sims), Elroy Gelant and Stephen Mokoka.

“I can’t wait to be part of the Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run on 24 September,” says Glenrose Xaba.  “It’s really nice to have something to train for again.  I am looking forward to feeling the race day jitters, even though it’s a virtual run.”

“As a Boxer Athlete I am really excited to be part of the Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run,” says Tanith Maxwell.  “We’ve all been in limbo for the past couple of months, not focussing on racing but still going through the motions of training.  It’s great to have something to focus on and work towards.”

According to Elroy Gelant, the Absa RYCS provides athletes with the platform to compete against world class athletes.  “Because of COVID-19 and the lockdown period, there hasn’t been any races for athletes to participate in.  The RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run is a great initiative.  Athletes all around the country can take part.  My goal is to secure a Top Three finish and also run a good time in the 5k (referring to the Friday 5K Solo Run Series powered by PUMA).  I look forward to seeing everyone on the road on 24 September when we celebrate our culture and heritage together.”

About Boxer Athletics Club (BAC):  Established in 2005, the Boxer Athletics Club provides support to professional and amateur athletes.  Having grown from strength to strength over the years, BAC is registered in KZN Athletics, Central Gauteng Athletics, Athletics Gauteng North, Athletics Central North West, Western Province Athletics and Border and boasts an impressive list of athletes.


EVENT INFORMATION:  Absa Run Your City Series Heritage Day Virtual Run

Event DateThursday 24 September 2020 / National Heritage Day

Entry Fee:  R195.00

Time:  Start – 08:00 / Cut Off – 12:00

Entries CloseTuesday 22 September 2020 (midnight)

Enter Viahttps://runyourcityseries.com/

The entry fee includes:

  • Entry into the Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run
  • An event Race Pack to the value of R360. Race Pack contents will include:
  • An Absa RYCS Limited Edition Event Performance Tee
  • An Absa RYCS Race Number
  • A pair of stylish Absa Socks
  • A DHL Water Bottle
  • A bottle of POWERADE ZERO
  • Access to the Run Your City Series Tracking App to use during the Heritage Day Virtual Run. The RYCS Tracking App is READY to be downloaded from the Google Play and Apple App Store.  The Tracking App must be used to track runner’s progress on their actual route, while showing their ‘virtual position’ on the Cape Town, Durban or Joburg event routes.
  • Race Pack delivery to the provided pickup location as selected during the entry process.
  • A real time leaderboard will be available on the Tracking App.
  • Final results will be shared to the Tracking App as well as the Absa RYCS website.
  • All finishers will receive a digital Finisher’s medal and certificate.
  • Exciting PUMA prizes will be up for grabs on the event’s social media platforms on race day.


CLICK HERE to read through the Event DigiMag for all that you need to know about the FNB Run Your City Series Heritage Day Virtual Run!


Race Pack Delivery:  Participants residing in South Africa will collect their Race Packs from the pickup location selected during the entry process.  If you enter by Monday 14 September 2020 your Race Pack is guaranteed to be ready for collection before race day


Charity Support:  When entering online participants can choose to support the following Absa RYCS Charities:   Cotlands, Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, Johannesburg SPCA, Reach For A Dream Foundation, TREE, Durban & Coast SPCA, LIV Village, iThemba Lethu, help2read, Die Burger Kinderfonds and The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA.


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For further information or to enter the Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run visit https://runyourcityseries.com/