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Run Your City Series 2021 event update

The organisers of the Run Your City Series have confirmed that the Joburg 10K CITYRUN will take place virtually on September 24.

“Staging a world-class event requires months of planning and preparations,” said Michael Meyer, managing director of Stillwater Sports and founder of the Run Your City Series.

“The current state of the pandemic and uncertainties surrounded by new waves of virus mutations negatively impacts the planning process and ultimately jeopardises the quality of the event.

“Taking the size of the Joburg 10K CITYRUN into consideration, one of the main requirements would be to stagger the start of the race. Although it sounds simple enough, it would have a knock-on effect.

“Not only would runners be standing around for hours waiting for their start, but an event that usually lasts a maximum of three hours (from start to finish) would easily drag on for six hours if not longer.

“Keep in mind that the city would have to shut down for this duration. Closing the city for so long would be unfair both towards runners and residents.

“Instead of cancelling the Joburg 10K CITYRUN, which is the first event on the existing Run Your City Series calendar for 2021, we are excited to offer runners a fun alternative by going virtual and letting the Heritage Day celebration continue,” said Meyer.

“As it is a virtual race, participants from all over South Africa will be able to unite (virtually) in the spirit of camaraderie, pride and celebration.

The entry fee will include offerings, including an official performance event T-shirt, a participation medal, a race number and access to the event app. We are excited that South Africans can celebrate national Heritage Day with thousands of runners nationwide.

“Until further notice, we will continue with our plans to host the Durban 10K CITYRUN and Cape Town 12K CITYRUN as actual events on October 31 and November 21, respectively,” Meyer.

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