Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
12 Apr 2016
3:10 pm

Global stars expected at new 10km race

Wesley Botton

Amateur runners will have a rare chance to compete against a world-class elite field, organisers said yesterday at the launch of the inaugural FNB Joburg 10km City Run.

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“Not only will thousands of runners share the streets with world-class athletes, but the excitement, vibrancy and energy that the event will bring to the centre of Johannesburg will be exceptional,” said Michael Meyer, managing director of Stillwater Sports.

“We believe the event will support the regeneration of the urban centre of Johannesburg and will provide the ideal opportunity for Johannesburg to showcase itself as a world class city.”

While the elite line-up had not been revealed for the September 24 race, the same organisers put together last year’s OneRun 12km event in Cape Town, which attracted a number of international stars.

While the race would be held at altitude, organisers said a flat course would be designed to aid fast times.

The route would also give runners an opportunity to “explore the city” by passing iconic landmarks including the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University and Ellis Park Stadium.