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Seen here (centre):  Kesa Molotsane in action during the 2018 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

In 2018 Kesa Molotsane was the best of the South African contingent, finishing third at the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN. Molotsane returns in 2019 with a goal of climbing the podium.

Molotsane has started 2019 with meaning, winning all three races run on local soil and finishing best of the South African woman at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark on 30 March in very trying conditions.

Most telling was her win at the SA Cross Country Trials in Pretoria on 19 January where she cemented her place on the team to the World Cross Country Championships. Molotsane ran a well-judged race, shadowing the pacing of Dominique Scott-Efurd until the second half of the race where she took control.

It is the strength she that has picked up in training for the World Cross Country Championships and the experience of racing under very trying conditions at those World Championships, that will stand her in good stead come Sunday, 19 May at the 5th running of the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.

While the race is fast and flat for 11km before the short sharp climb up Bree Street, to be able to maintain a fast pace on flat roads means that the muscles are always working with no respite, and having strength in the legs is a big advantage.

Molotsane has rapidly developed into one of South Africa’s best middle distance athletes with dominating performances in both 2017 and 2018 and will be one of the big favorites come the 19 May.

Already announced is Glenrose Xaba who had some incredible duels with Molotsane in 2018. The two meeting on 9 occasions in 2018, with Molotsane leading those head to head’s 6 -3. With both Xaba and Molotsane looking to dominate the South African road running scene, the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN may well be the start of a great rivalry of the year, with both women looking to fire the first salvo.

“Last year was my first experience of the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN. It was an incredible experience; running against some of the best in the world through the streets of Cape Town and all that support. I have to come back again this year,” said Molotsane. “The vibe was incredible.”

Only Irvette van Zyl, Lebo and Lebogang Phalula have run faster over the 10km route than Molotsane, a statistic the 27-year-old would dearly love to rectify and with a personal best of 32:56, it is well within her reach. Molotsane has represented South Africa on four occasions, twice at the World Cross Country Championships (2017 and 2019), once at the Africa Cross Country Championships (2018) and then also at the World University Championships (2017).  She will be a difficult contender to beat come 19 May.


Date: Sunday, 19 May 2019
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)
Entry Fee: Standard Entry: R185 (licensed) / R225 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R890 (unlicensed)

Entries Close: Monday, 06 May 2019

Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to make a monetary donation towards either or  all four of the Absa Cape Town ONERUN Charities: 1. help2read, 2. Cotlands, 3. Die Burger Kinderfonds and 4. The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA.

This year each event charity has also been allocated x100 entries which will be available at R500 each. When entering online, runners can choose this specific entry option. The proceeds will go directly to the selected charity.

Facebook: Ctown12 / @help2read / Cotlands / CapeofGoodHopeSPCA / Die Burger Kinderfonds

Twitter: @CTown12 /@help2read / @Cotlands / @CapeSPCA

Instagram: CapeTown_12 /help2readsouthafrica / Cotlands / CapeSPCA

Hashtag: #AbsaRunYourCity

Website: www.thecapetown12.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 Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com


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ON BEHALF OF: Absa Run Your City Series a Stillwater Sports Initiative