Words: Lucy Sarah O’Connell | Images: Supplied
If you want to truly experience a city, explore it on foot. And, in the words of Olympic runner Emil Zátopek, if you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. Though it isn’t quite a marathon, the FNB Joburg 10km CityRun, taking place on Monday, 24 September, is the best of both worlds – a genuine life experience, and an opportunity to see your favourite city in a new way.
Starting in front of FNB Bank City, runners and walkers will experience a 10km route that highlights iconic landmarks including the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution
Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University and Ellis Park Stadium. Part of FNB’s Run Your City Series (alongside Cape Town’s 12km OneRun and Durban’s 10K CitySurfRun), this is the third time the event will be taking place in Joburg. If the growing success over the past two years is anything to go by, this fun morning out is set to be even bigger than before. Apart from the beauty of the surrounds themselves, and the general infectious excitement, you can also expect to be treated to live performances from Joburg’s leading performance arts groups along the way.
Another highlight of the event is bound to be the Puma #BeatBolt sprint. “It has been a hit at the FNB Run Your City Series,” says Brett Bellinger, marketing director, Puma South Africa. “We’re excited to give Joburg residents another chance to #BeatBolt. Activated on the second half of the route, runners are reminded to leave a little extra in the tank as this activation requires speed. Runners will need to give their all over a 100m sprint. This section of the route will be timed. The runner (male and female) to clock the fastest time over the 100m will take home a Puma shopping voucher to the value of R10,000.”
Whether you’re an inner-city expert or unfamiliar with the streets of the City of Gold, it’s a great way to experience one of Africa’s most historic spots while also remembering that very history this Heritage Day.
FNB Run Your City Series