Downtown Johannesburg was abuzz this past Saturday, but not for the usually reasons. Close to 10 000 people made their way to Mary Fitzgerald Square to participate in the Nike’ s WE RUN JOZI 10 km night run.
The eager runners assembled at corner of Miriam Makeba and Bree streets in their red and grey Nike T-shirts. Runners were split into two team, Move Downtown team in grey T-shirts and the Move Uptown in red T-shirts. The runners started together but split at the M1 Highway onto different 10 km routes. The two routes merged again near the end of the race close to Mary Fitzgerald Square.
Just before 8pm a gunshot accompanied with glitter sent the runners off into a crisp Johannesburg evening.
Entrants ran under the night skies through downtown Jozi, passing popular sites such as City Hall Constitutional Hill and Market Street.
30 minutes and 38 seconds after the start of the race, Gladwin Mzazi was the first runner to make it past the finish line. He was followed by the first female runner who finished in 36 minutes and five seconds.
Both winners ran away with an all-expenses paid trip to Brazil to compete in We Run Rio 2013. Witsies also came in their numbers to RUN JOZI.
After the race runners and spectators were treated to music by Gold Fish and Chiano Sky.