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The 2020 Heritage Day celebrations got off to an early start with just over 15 000 runners nationwide taking on the much anticipated Absa Run Your City Series (RYCS) Heritage Day Virtual Run on Thursday 24 September. 

“The RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run would not have been possible without the support of our phenomenal sponsors,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “Although a traditional mass participation event would always be first prize, the COVID-19 Pandemic made this impossible in 2020.  Proving that they aren’t afraid of change, our fantastic sponsors welcomed the idea of the Virtual Run and were excited and eager to play their part.”

“We are also thankful to each and every runner who participated,” continues Meyer.  “I am sure we made history today as thousands of runners wearing Run Your City t-shirts nationwide, showed true South African camaraderie in completing this exciting version of the event. We hope that many runners were able to finish off the day with a braai – to celebrate family, friends and good health.” 

“The RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run was a fun way to encourage people to be active on Heritage Day,” says PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.  “We are proud to have added to the excitement with the virtual PUMA Beat Bolt Sprint.  We look forward to announcing our overall winners and rewarding those runners who completed the sprint in under 15, 20 or 25 seconds.”

A number of athletes from the Boxer Athletics Club, including Glenrose Xaba, Elroy Gelant and Tanith Maxwell, joined in on the Virtual Run fun.  

“I really enjoyed taking part in the RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run,” says Glenrose Xaba.  “I enjoyed having something to train for again.  Although it wasn’t a ‘traditional race’ where I would see my competition, I knew that they would be running so I still gave it my all.  I also saw a lot of runners in their event t-shirts completing their runs.  It was very special.” 

According to Elroy Gelant, the RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run was a lot of fun.  “I joined a group of teachers from the Dagbreek Primary School in Carletonville.  They were so committed that they literally marked out a 10km route that even had water points that were manned by learners and parents.  It felt good to experience the vibe of a race again.”

“I loved every minute of the RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run, from training beforehand to running on event day,” says Tanith Maxwell.  “I realised today just how much I missed racing.  It was amazing to feel that buzz again.”


About the Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual RunThe RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run is an exciting addition to the existing RYCS portfolio of events.  The RYCS Tracking App was used to track runner’s progress on their actual route, while showing their ‘virtual position’ on the Cape Town, Durban or Joburg event routes.


PUMA Beat Bolt SprintPUMA South Africa made history with the first ever virtual version of the #ForeverFaster PUMA Beat Bolt Sprint.  Runners were encouraged to reserve some energy and give it their all over the final 100m.  The male and female runner with the fastest time each took home a R10 000 PUMA Retail Shopping Experience.

Additional PUMA Prizes up for grabs:  Absa RYCS Heritage Day Virtual Run participants that secured the following sprint times qualified for discount vouchers instore at PUMA:

  • Under 15 seconds for 100m: 30% discount off a purchase at the PUMA store
  • Under 20 seconds for 100m: 20% discount off a purchase at the PUMA store
  • Under 25 seconds for 100m: 15% discount off a purchase at the PUMA store


Charity Support:  When entering online participants could 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.


For all you need to know about the Absa Run Your City Series Heritage Day Virtual Run be sure to read through the Event DigiMag CLICK HERE


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