Kenya’s Morris Gachaga obliterated the field at the 3rd annual FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN in 2017. Gachaga completed the 12km race in a lightning fast time of 33:27. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

JOHANNESBURG – The fourth running of the FNB Cape Town 12 OneRun that will be held on Sunday, May 20 will receive a significant prize money boost.

Organisers on Wednesday confirmed an additional R50 000 into the event’s prize purse to increase the overall prize money from R200 000 to R250 000, which means that first prize for both men and women climbs from R25 000 to R30 000, making it the most well paid race in the country for races over the 10km distance or similar.

“The FNB Cape Town 12 OneRun has established itself as one of the premier road races on the South African calendar, attracting the best in South Africa. We feel it is only right that we reward the loyalty of the South African athletes who make the journey to Cape Town every year. One way we can do that is by increasing the prize money.” 

“Thanks to the support of our valued sponsors we are proud to be able to announce the increase,” said Stillwater Sports managing director, Michael Meyer.

The second and third place prize allocations also increase from R13 000 and R10 000 to R17 000 and R13 000 respectively.

Prize Money for the senior athletes goes down to 10th position, with juniors, veterans, masters and grand master as well as the 70+ age group earning prize money from first to third.

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The impressive prize purse has seen not only South Africa’s best compete in the race, but a multitude of international athletes too have made their way down to the Mother City to compete in the FNB Cape Town 12 OneRun every year since its inception. The prize money as well as the injection of international athletes has seen a vast improvement in the level of South Africa’s best athletes, raising the overall standard of road running in South Africa.

“We believe that the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN has bridged an important gap in the South African Road Running platform,” continues Meyer.

“The reputation of the race has generated substantial interest from abroad.  Last year (2017) we saw the fastest ever 12km time in the World clocked by Morris Gachaga (33:27). Over the next few weeks we will announce a number of international athletes who are interested in coming to race in Cape Town on May 20.”  

African News Agency (ANA)

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