Stephen runs the JP21

2018-11-01 06:03
Cape Town Marathon winner and Olympian, Stephen Mokoka will join the 2018 JP21 Mitchell’s Plain Titans Race.

Cape Town Marathon winner and Olympian, Stephen Mokoka will join the 2018 JP21 Mitchell’s Plain Titans Race.

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The JP21 Mitchell’s Plain Titans race will once again boast a host of high-profile runners, travelling from all over the country to participate alongside locals.

The race will also see Stephen Mokoka, winner of the Cape Town Marathon, travelling from Gauteng to compete.

Mokoka (33) was born in Village 600, Mafikeng in the North West Province, and has been running since his teens.

“I started running in 2003 at Batloung High School. My first professional distance was 10 000m. After my graduation at Vaal Technikon in 2008, I decided to take up running as a career,” says Mokoka.

He has enjoyed much success in his career thus far, competing in and winning a variety of distances and races.

“I have been blessed in achieving many good performances in my career. I have been to the IAAF XC in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and IAAF World 21.1km in 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 and this year,” he says.

“I have also been to the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. I have won the SA National title in 5000m, 10 000m, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km. I also won the Shanghai Marathon four times.”

Mokoka trains twice a day, covering 30km. Throughout his career, he says he has been kept motivated by his family, coach and training group.

Mokoka will compete in the 10km race as part of the Boxer Super Club AC team on Saturday 24 November.

Avid runners and novices alike can tie their laces and try their hand at the 21km, 10km or 5km race. This year, the race is also a league race and is in its 11th year.

Partners include the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Arts, Culture and Sport, Boxer Superstores, Total Sports, Peninsula Beverages, Smile 90.4fm and Liberty Promenade Mall.

The Mitchell’s Plain Titans AC will be assisted by Khayelitsha AC as marshalls for the event.

City Vision’s sister publication, People’s Post is the official media partner.

Online entries close on Sunday 18 November with manual entries open until the morning of the event. Entry to the 21km race is R90 for licensed runners and R145 for unlicensed runners. Entry to the 10km race is R50 for licensed runners and R80 for unlicensed runners. Entry to the 5km race costs R20.

The 21km and 10km races will start at Glendale High School and end at Rocklands Sports Field, while the 5km race will start and end at Rocklands Sports Field. The races are open to all. The event aims to celebrate the history and culture of the area.

Follow the Mitchell’s Plain Titans and JP21 Foundation on Facebook for more information.

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