Run your city: It’s Dur­ban’s turn

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - ATH­LET­ICS RE­PORTER

LOOK­ING to strengthen dis­tance run­ning in the coun­try, a Dur­ban race has been in­cluded in the Run Your City se­ries.

The FNB Dur­ban 10K CI­TYSUR­FRUN was launched yes­ter­day and will form part of a se­ries that in­cludes the suc­cess­ful Cape Town 12 ONERUN and the Joburg 10K CITYRUN.

“Fol­low­ing the blue­print of its sis­terevents the FNB Dur­ban 10K CI­TYSUR­FRUN will hero KwaZulu-Na­tal’s largest city,” said race or­gan­iser Michael Meyer of Still­wa­ter Sports.

“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.

Meyer said the route would be fast and flat which he hoped would make it one of the fastest 10km races in the world.

“Add to the mix near per­fect weather con­di­tions, our goal of mak­ing this the fastest 10km in the world be­comes even more achiev­able,” he said.

“We will be tar­get­ing some big name ath­letes to race through the streets of Dur­ban in Oc­to­ber.

“South Africa’s best ath­letes will have another op­por­tu­nity to race against the world’s best ul­ti­mately up­lift­ing the stan­dard of South Africa’s dis­tance run­ning.”

South African 5000m record-holder El­roy Ge­lant, who fin­ished sec­ond at this year’s One Run said in­tro­duc­tion of these road races would ben­e­fit South African ath­let­ics.

“This is ex­actly what we need to boost the dis­tance run­ning in South Africa, op­por­tu­ni­ties that re­ward our ef­forts in terms of prize money and op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­pete against the best in the world at home,” Ge­lant said.

“Rac­ing these top guys at home makes us even hun­grier. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to rac­ing in Dur­ban on 8 Oc­to­ber.”

The Cape Town 12 has at­tracted some top dis­tance ath­letes in­clud­ing in­au­gu­ral winners four-time world cham­pion Vi­vian Cheruiyot and Em­manuel Bett of Kenya.

The Dur­ban race is ex­pected to at­tract an equally strong field when on Oc­to­ber 8.

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