On October 7, everyday athletes registered for Nike’s We Run Jozi will be taking their marks in the affluent metropolis of Sandton.
From the start line in Katherine Street, a sea of runners, all wearing the black Nike race-day tee, will traverse into Grayston Drive, move over the M1 highway, then head deep into the beating heart of the Alexandra Township where runners can expect to be welcomed and cheered by the vibrant community of Alex.
For the first time ever in Southern Africa, using the latest integrated Facebook & Google Mapping technology, running enthusiasts have collectively unveiled eight or so kilometers of the 10 kilometer We Run Jozi race route. Each registered individual has revealed a small portion of the course since entries opened on September 5.
While the finish line is in sight, the actual locality of the final point in this epic race remains an unknown entity and will continue to mystify punters until the 20,000th entrant registers via the Nike Running ZA Facebook Fan Page.
Also setting We Run Jozi apart from other road running events, participants will be leaving more than a footprint on the streets of Johannesburg. With a portion of the R150 race fee (or R70 per student) being donated to the Alexandra Running Community, race goers can run with pride knowing that they will be making a positive difference to grassroots running in South Africa.
What’s more, each registered race goer will enable some 2,200 primary school kids to participate in a 2.5 kilometer youth race, which will be hosted on October 6 at the Altrec Running Club in Alexandra. Children participating in the run will predominantly be from Alexandra, as well as schools from neighboring areas. Each child who participates in the youth race will receive a race-day tee, cap and a medal at the finish line.
In addition to hosting a specific children’s race, Nike and registered runners will also enable 500 youth from high schools (aged 14 to 18 years) to participate in the main race.