Some of the athletes taking part performed on the Olympic stage in Rio last year, and they are set to use this platform to build towards Tokyo 2020.
Olympic athletes to have performed on the Varsity Athletics stage include Wayde van Niekerk, Justine Palframan, Rushwal Samaai, LJ van Zyl and Akani Simbine.
The likes of Gift Leotlela and Clarence Munyai are set to light Friday nights on the track.
Leotlela is a UP-Tuks student, current ASA U20 100m champion and a Rio Olympics athlete.
“My goal is to break Akani’s (Simbine) 100m SA record of 9.96 seconds, and if I can do it at Varsity Athletes, even better,” said Leotlela.
The event will continue with the format introduced last year, with two divisions: the top 15 (A) division which will have eight competing universities, and the top 10 (B) division, with four competing universities.
This format was adopted to accommodate more universities in the Varsity Athletics competition.
These universities that joined Varsity Athletics in 2016 are: the University of Cape Town, Central University of Technology, University of Limpopo, and Vaal University of Technology.