The now third, annual Nike We Run Jozi event wrapped up in Johannesburg on Saturday evening. I’ve been involved in all three, but this was by far my favourite event to date. As a media professional, I joined and pledged my commitment to getting fit, ready and to #MoveJozi and that is exactly what I did. In the gallery below, you’ll see pictures from my #MediaRuns challenge… From running at the Rosebank and Braamfontein run clubs, to hitting it hard on the treadmill, I clocked up over 100 kilometres in the build up to the 10km run last night. I also did a really great time, so I’m one happy chap!
Besides the 10 000 other runners, the top runners were also very happy with their performances last night. Gladwin Mzazi won this years’ race in the men’s category. Get this, he clocked a time of 00:30’38!!! I did 48 minutes – crazy! Lebo Phalula took the women’s category in 00:36’05. These two both walk away with an all-expense paid trip to Brazil to compete in We Run Rio 2013. LUCKY!
On his win, Mzazi said, “I am very very happy, it was a good run, I trained very hard. I realized I had a chance of winning in the last kilometer.” Phalula said, “Nike has brought a master race to SA, so excited about Rio, going to take my sis – and looking forward to meeting other international athletes.”
Nice one and just a general big up to the folks at Nike and the City of Joburg. The organisation of this event was fantastic, the route was perfect. Chianosky and Goldfish were rocking at the afterparty and all in all, this was just a great event. I look forward to next year and I hope this event will grow from strength to strength… Who knows, maybe organisers could add more distances too, seeing as though the Soweto Marathon has been canceled and that ASA can’t get its act together… There’s a gap, just saying 😉
- Get ready to #MoveJozi with Nike (jasonvonberg.wordpress.com)