In a glitzy media launch last night in Durban, Stillwater Sports, the organisers of the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN and the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN, officially launched the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, taking place on Sunday 8 October 2017, as part of its popular ‘Run Your City’ series. This race has the potential to become one of the fastest 10km events in the world, and with a significant prize purse on offer, it is already attracting the attention of the top South African road runners.
The FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will highlight the beauty of Durban while granting entrants the unique opportunity to explore the city. In addition to exciting on-route entertainment and a vibrant event atmosphere, entrants can look forward to running past iconic landmarks such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park, Old Fort, Juma Mosque, Durban Maritime Museum, City Hall, Human Rights Memorial Hall and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“With the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN currently in its third year and the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN in its second year, we are extremely excited to launch a third mass participation road run – with a twist – this time in the bustling city of Durban,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Following the blueprint of its sister-events, the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will hero KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city. In addition to astonishing on route entertainment and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best middle distance runners, entrants will experience a 10km journey through the city, past a number of Durban’s iconic landmarks.”
“The FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN route will be fast and flat,” continues Meyer. “Add to the mix near perfect weather conditions, and our goal of making this the fastest 10km in the world becomes even more achievable. We will be targeting some big name athletes to race through the streets of Durban in October, meaning South Africa’s best athletes will have another opportunity to race against the world’s best, ultimately uplifting the standard of South African middle distance running. We look forward to welcoming runners to an unforgettable event that encourages all to ‘Run the 031’.”
South African 5000m Record Holder and Olympian Elroy Gelant is brimming with excitement about the new event. “This is exactly what we need to boost middle distance running in South Africa, opportunities that reward our efforts in terms of prize money and opportunities to compete at home against the best in the world. Racing these top guys makes us even hungrier, and I am really looking forward to racing in Durban on 8 October.”
Howard Arrand, Provincial Head of FNB Business in KwaZulu-Natal, says, “The province boasts one of the most diverse destinations in the world in terms of offerings to a tourist. The diversity in cultures, subtropical climate, cuisine, natural landscapes and history is astounding, so what better way to show off the city than to invite the world to take part in a run that shows off this gem. FNB takes community building seriously, as it is well aligned to our brand values, and the sponsorship of the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is a proof point where we answer our own call, how can we help you?”
According to Brett Bellinger, Marketing Director of PUMA South Africa, his company is proud to extend its partnership with Stillwater Sports and FNB by hosting a third major road running event. “With running continuing to be one of the major focus areas for the brand, both globally and locally, we are excited to carry the success of the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN and FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN over to Durban. The ‘Run Your City’ series supports PUMA’s strategy of growing PUMA Running and bringing exciting running events to South Africa.”
The new FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will take place on Sunday 8 October, starting at 8am in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium in Masabalala Yengwa Street. The race will finish on the Beachfront Precinct adjacent to Moses Mabhida Stadium. Entires have already opened, and will close on Monday 25 September. For more information mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.durban10k.com.