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Seen here:  Morris Gachaga took line honours for the third consecutive time when he won the 2019 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN in Cape Town in a time of 33:38. 

Photo Credit:  David Tarpey

The Absa Run Your City Series has achieved an incredible feat with its three iconic road races (in three major cities) receiving World Athletics Label-statuses in 2020.  The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN and Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN received Silver-status, while the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN was awarded Bronze-status.

World Athletics Label Road Races are races that the World Athletics designates as one of the “leading road races around the world.”

“We are proud to be awarded this fantastic accolade for all three Absa Run Your City Series races,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “All three events have pushed the boundaries in the sport of road running since the inception of the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN in 2015, followed by the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN in 2016 and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN in 2017.  Each event encourages mass participation while also featuring an Elite Race element.  Runners of all ages (male and female) and walks of life are invited to celebrate the magnificent city in which each event is hosted.  Each route highlights iconic landmarks and magnificent views while featuring lively performances by leading performing arts groups.”

“Stringent criteria had to be adhered to in order to receive the coveted Label-status,” continues Meyer.  “The benefits are far-reaching and include greater recognition both for local and international athletes, international media coverage as the results are shared with World Athletics’ Network and greater international exposure for both the race and the host city.  Each race will also enjoy the highest standard of organisation and will be held on the best available, fast courses.  Receiving the Label-status means so much more to us as a team as it proves that hard work does pay off.  We are proud and motivated more than ever to host three memorable mass participation road races in 2020.”

Bonga Sebesho, Head of Absa Sponsorships, “We are truly honoured to receive the recognition from World Athletics. Not only does the Absa Run Your City Series demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best family and wellness event in South Africa and Africa; but also, it’s now amongst the best races in the World. This alone is a major feat for Absa as well as the event organisers Stillwater Sports, its employees and customers.”

EVENT INFORMATION:  2020 Absa Run Your City Series

Date Event Venue Entry Fee Charities
1.       Sunday 17 May 2020 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN Start:  Woodbridge Island

Finish:  Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)

Standard Fee:    R195 (licensed) R235 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Fee:  R850 (licensed) R890 (unlicensed)

1. help2read

2. Cotlands

3. Die Burger Kinderfonds 

4. The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

2.       Sunday 12 July 2020 Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN Start:  Blue Lagoon (Athlone Drive)

Finish:  Beachfront Precinct (near The Bike and Bean)

Standard Fee:    R195 (licensed) / R225 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Fee:   R850 (licensed) R880 (unlicensed)

1. The Reach For A Dream Foundation


3. Durban & Coast SPCA

4. LIV Village 

5. iThemba Lethu

3.       Thursday 24 September 2020 Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN Start:   Absa Bank City in Johannesburg

Finish:  Mary Fitzgerald Square (Newtown)

Standard Fee:     R195 (licensed) R230 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Fee:   R850 (licensed) R885 (unlicensed)

1. Cotlands

2. Johannesburg Heritage Foundation

3. Johannesburg SPCA 

4. Reach For A Dream Foundation


1.    “EarlyBird” Entries: (only applicable from 03 February – 31 March 2020) Runners who enter and pay by Tuesday 31 March 2020 will automatically be included into an “EarlyBird” giveaway offer with the chance to win a Totalsports Gift Voucher to the value of R5000 (One gift voucher per event / T&C’s apply).   
2.    Company Entries (Standard and Gold Package): Each company that enters 10 or more runners will receive a 15% discount on their entry fee (T&C’s apply).
3.    Runners Taking Part in ALL THREE Events

·         Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN

·         Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN

·         Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN

Runners that participate in ALL THREE RACES will receive a limited-edition t-shirt and medal.  Finishers will receive Gold Package treatment at the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN (the 3rd and final event).

ENTRIES OPEN:  2020 Absa Run Your City Series ENTRIES OPEN on Monday 03 February 2020!

Facebook: Ctown12 / Durban10k / Joburg-10K

Twitter: @CTown12 / @Durban10k / @joburg10K

Instagram: @capetown_12 / @Durban10k / @Joburg10K

Hashtag:  #AbsaRunYourCity

Website:  www.thecapetown12.com / www.durban10k.com / www.joburg10k.com

About the Absa Run Your City Series:

Absa is proud to once again bring you the Absa Run Your City Series which  comprises of three unique mass participation events that integrate business involvement, family, diversity, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants, both individuals and businesses alike.

Each of the races are developed to take participants through the historical routes around each city, thereby adding a tourism element to each race, making it more than a race but an economic opportunity for each community.

The Absa Run Your City Series is made up of three races around South Africa, namely, the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN and the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com