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Runners experience a new side to the city at the Hollard JURA Runners experience a new side to the city at the Hollard JURA
Over 1500 city runners put away their ties, put down their calculators and forgot about all those spreadsheets as they tackled the 2019 Hollard... Runners experience a new side to the city at the Hollard JURA

Over 1500 city runners put away their ties, put down their calculators and forgot about all those spreadsheets as they tackled the 2019 Hollard JURA.

The Hollard JURA in partnership with Joburg City Parks and Zoo took place on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at Marks Park, Emmarentia. Runners of all shapes and sizes got to explore their city, Johannesburg’s favourite parks, all while experiencing the unexpected along the way.

New, improved routes

This year’s race featured new and improved 6km, 12km and 18km routes to keep things exciting without compromising the Hollard JURA signature vibe.

Russell Willis, BAM Event & Activation Creators, explains: “Runners from around Johannesburg and beyond loved the event and appreciated the work that we put into keeping it a fun, inclusive and family-friendly event. We work hard on getting the right mix. And based on feedback, we’ve found that balance. The Hollard JURA is an event challenging enough for those who like it tough, but fun enough for those who just want to have a fun and healthy day out.”

The Hollard JURA routes are created for all types of runners. From urban elements, inflatables and completely optional obstacles to enjoy, all while running a new side to the city.

Louise Gordon, Business Development and Stakeholder Manager for Joburg City Parks and Zoo said: “Events like these allow people to run and have fun with their family. It allows them to see first hand what the city has to offer. When you experience it for yourself, instead of just reading about it in a book, it brings these spaces alive. It’s great to partner with events that showcase the incredible spaces we have available in this city.”

Unique event elements

Among the ocean runners, some of the city’s own hero’s joined in on the action. Nkosi Mzolo, City of Johannesburg – Emergency Management Services, along with 29 of his colleagues, were there to put out the fires from all the excitement.

“Compared to the challenges that we face in our day jobs, the run was definitely a much easier challenge to face. The EMS team loved the run, we definitely plan on bringing an even bigger team next year. Because the fitter we are – the better,” concludes Mzolo.

The Hollard JURA is all-out fun, but it’s also about creating a better Johannesburg for all. Heidi Brauer, Hollard Chief Marketing Executive comments, “The Hollard JURA is about creating something unique that resonates with our purpose of enabling better futures. We live in this city, enjoy this city and work with the city, as in the case of our partnership with Joburg City Parks and Zoo so we should celebrate it.

“Every year in preparation for the event, we clean up the Spruit, clean up the trails and create employment opportunities, and that creates better futures. We look forward to continuing to develop and support experiences that make people smile and celebrate living in Johannesburg,” concludes Brauer.

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Results from the 2019 Hollard JURA

6km Men

  1. Wandile Nzima 00:27:30
  2. Motwane Mduduzi 00:27:43
  3. Mazu Ndandani 00:31:17

6km Women

  1. Blondie Mdaka 00:37:30
  2. Tayla Gibbs 00:39:12
  3. Fikile Malatjie 00:41:03

12km Men

  1. Prince Jali 00:43:25
  2. Edwin Sesepi 00:45:22
  3. Lawrence Mogano 00:50:44

12km Woman

  1. Ronel Fourie 01:06:14
  2. Angela Kavallieratos 01:07:22
  3. Retha Harmse 01:09:16

18km Men

  1. Simon Tshabalala 01:04:02
  2. Kennedy Sekhuthe 01:08:55
  3. Adriaan Cronje 01:14:06

18km Women

  1. Vamghun van Der Merwe 01:32:34
  2. Thembekile Nkwanyana 01:37:35
  3. Liezl Stander 01:38:50

6km Corporate Teams

  1. Janine Nijmeijer, Cameron Keeble, Caylene Keeble and Dylon Nagel (Fam Bam) 00:51:14
  2. Sumantha Govender, Keegan Govender, Ravi Sukdeo and Mark Govender (Team Boss) 00:53:31
  3. Vimi Raghubeer, Michael Rodriques, Angeline Matloga and Gary Lodge (Hollard Trucking) 00:55:24

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