The organizers of South Africa’s award-winning road running series, the Absa RUN YOUR CITY (RYC) Series, today announced that Dis-Chem Pharmacies will again offer free Rapid Antigen tests to all non-vaccinated runners at all 2022 events.

Revolutionising the sport of road running since 2015 with the introduction of the Absa RYC CAPE TOWN 10K, the Absa RYC Series comprises three unique mass participation road running events that also includes the Absa RYC JOBURG 10K (launched in 2016) and Absa RYC DURBAN 10K (launched in 2017).

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New guidelines

As published in the Government Gazette on 22 March 2022, the latest Covid-19 protocols with regard to events clearly state that entrants either need to be fully vaccinated or present a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained no more than 72 hours before the date of the event. This test must be recognised by the World Health Organization.

“We are excited to once again partner with Dis-Chem Pharmacies as the official healthcare partner of the Absa RYC Series in 2022,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RYC Series.

“We are happy to confirm that, with Dis-Chem Pharmacies as our partner, the event will cover the full cost of the Rapid Antigen test. To make the process as convenient as possible for non-vaccinated runners, the test will be conducted by Dis-Chem professionals at race pack collection for all events.”

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Stopping the spread

“Rapid antigen testing is useful in specific contexts, such as these, always with the aim of reducing the transmission of COVID-19,” says Lizeth Kruger, clinic executive at Dis-Chem Pharmacies.

“Timely and accurate diagnostic testing will allow us to rapidly identify the presence of COVID-19 which will contribute to a safe racing environment for all participants.”