In just one week, 10,000 everyday athletes signed up for Nike’s We Run Jozi 10-kilometer race set for Oct. 7. Through a collective movement on Facebook, participants have helped reveal part of the route, which starts in Sandton and traverses the streets of the Alexandra township.
“Nike’s WE RUN Jozi is going to be a phenomenal run with an incredible vibe and awesome energy,” said Paralympic gold medalist and South Africa native Oscar Pistorius, who is unable to attend the race due to commitments in Scotland. “While I can’t be there in person, I’ll be wearing my WE RUN race-day T and will be thinking of the 20,000 runners charging the streets of Jozi.
“I have worked hard to achieve my personal bests and set new records, and believe that anyone can find their greatness by setting personal goals and achieving them,” he continued.
Pistorius supported Nike’s Run Free.Run Jozi 10-kilometer race in March this year, cheering on 10,000 runners at the starting line.
October’s race will see 20,000 runners making their mark in Jozi and forming part of Nike’s international We Run series, which includes close to 400,000 runners from 34 cities participating in races from September until December.
Online registration for WE RUN Jozi is open, with available spots filling up quickly. Runners can access the official race page on Facebook.
The race is divided into two categories — Student and Open — with the registration fee pegged at R70.00 (including VAT) per student with a valid student card, and R150.00 (including VAT) per Open Runner. A portion of the race fee will benefit the youth athletes of the Alexandra Running Community.