Seen here: Morris Gachaga claiming gold at the 2018 ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
Two-time defending champion, Morris Gachaga will be back on Sunday 19 May to look for a hat trick of wins at the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
Gachaga seems to have made this race his own, after winning for the first time on debut in 2017 with a world best time of 33:27, before successfully defending that title in 2018. Now the 24-year-old is back to look for three in a row.
Based on previous experience (knowing the route) and a sky high confidence, Gachaga will have a bulls-eye on his back, as the rest of the field look to dethrone him. It will not be easy though; already Gachaga has run the 7th fastest time in the world this year in the half marathon when he finished 5th at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the UAE on 8 February. He followed that up with a 60:09 in Bahrain on 15 March. All this was a build up to his debut marathon, the Paris Marathon on 14 April, where he finished 4th in 2:07.46.
The marathon will have been five weeks before his title defense in Cape Town and by then he should have recovered from his endeavors. The strength and endurance he built up for the marathon will stand him in good stead come race day, and with his natural speed, we could even be in for a new World Best. On that prospect, Gachaga is staying mum, but he is certainly not coming as a member of the party, he wants to win.
“I cannot say about the World Best on the 19th, but I want to defend my title,” said Gachaga from his training base in Kenya. “I know the course. I know how to run it. So I think I have an advantage. I feel good after Paris and am not worried that my legs will be tired for Cape Town.”
Since his first title in 2017 at the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN with that World Best of 33:27, Gachaga has gone from strength to strength. His half marathon times have dropped from 60:38 to 59.36 to his current best of 59.22. Since his 2017 win, he has also finished outside the top five only twice out of eight races and is fast making a name for himself on the international road circuit.
Such was the respect for his pace judgement, that he was the pace maker for the great Eliud Kipchoge in the 2018 London Marathon. His 2:07.46 Marathon debut has elevated his profile substantially and his coming back to Cape Town is a massive coup for the organisors.
“That Morris (Gachaga) is coming back to try and get a hat trick of wins at the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, is a big coup for us. He is the holder of the World Best time in the 12km and has made his name internationally. His return shows just how the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN has grown over the years, rightfully securing its place on the international circuit. We are immensely proud of how far this event has come and we look forward to welcoming Morris back. We expect a great race from him,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.
In the space of four years, the race has attained IAAF Bronze Label Status, an incredible achievement in such a short space of time.
EVENT INFORMATION: ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN
|Date:||Sunday, 19 May 2019|
|Start Venue:||Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)|
|Finish Venue:||Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R185 (licensed) / R225 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R890 (unlicensed)
|Entries Close:||Monday, 06 May 2019|
Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to make a monetary donation towards either or all four of the ABSA Cape Town ONERUN Charities: 1. help2read, 2. Cotlands, 3. Die Burger Kinderfonds and 4. The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA.
This year each event charity has also been allocated x100 entries which will be available at R500 each. When entering online, runners can choose this specific entry option. The proceeds will go directly to the selected charity.
About the ABSA Run Your City Series:
ABSA is proud to once again bring you the ABSA Run Your City Series which comprises of three unique mass participation events that integrate business involvement, family, diversity, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants, both individuals and businesses alike.
Each of the races are developed to take participants through the historical routes around each city, thereby adding a tourism element to each race, making it more than a race but an economic opportunity for each community.
The ABSA Run Your City Series is made up of three races around South Africa, namely, the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.
For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com
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