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The Century City Express 10km Race


This year th Century City took place on the 2nd of March. This event takes place annually as part of the Century City Sports Festival lasting of three days. More information on the other festival events is available here.

Over 2000 runners completed the 10km race this year with the fastest time coming of 30:01 coming from Sibabalwe Mzazi of Boxer CGA Athletics Club. the top positions were well contested with Vuyolwethu Mbukuza of Atlantic Athletics Club crossing the finish line only 4 seconds later, Third was a further 9 seconds back with a time of 30:14.

The race is tagged as fast and flat and a place to go to set your 10K PR and this year the conditions were perfect for it. There are a number of mild undulations every two kilometers which you hardly notice if you come prepared.

For me setting a personal record i exactly what I was here for as part of my plan to get a good seeding for the upcoming Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. The entry process is very simple, you can enter online via Webtickets or you could pick one up while doing your groceries at any Pick ‘n Pay Store.

I went for the online options early as this event does sell out. Registration and race number pick up happens in the two days prior to the event giving you time to scope out the course while you are at it. It also makes race day simple as you arrived ready for the race and no messing around with pins only to end up with a wonky race number.

The race start at 7 am sharp on the scenic Park Lane and finishes on the grass at the Central Park club house. If you plan to come from afar I would suggest an Air BnB nearby or if you have the funds Century City is home to a number of World Class Hotels. If you want to get a good time I would suggest you get yourself close to the front as possible as the first 300m is quite narrow.

The timing is via a chip embedded on your race number for increased accuracy and results are available online soon after you cross the finish line. The route does have a lot of corners but marshals are there at all times pointing out the best routes. They are especially supportive if you are wearing a Century City Athletics Club vest.

The water-points were serving water sachets which come in handy in case you want to put one in your pocket for later. There are plenty of spectator points around the route and around the finish area where you receive two medals and Coca Cola is served. The Clubhouse is open to all providing refreshment and snacks for whatever your post race ritual is. The Century City Physio tent was also onsite for those who found themselves needing a massage after.

This event is truly a great day out for the family and corporate groups alike and one which I look forward to setting my personal best at again next year and hopefully i will see you at the finish line.

If you are looking for more information and how you can participate or support this event you can contact the organisers on 021 552 6889 or email info@centurycity.co.za, www.centurycity.co.za

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