Swartbooi’s Rössing marathon record still unchallenged

14 Feb 2014 09:20am
SWAKOPMUND, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – Rössing Uranium Limited is offering N.dollars 1 000 to any athlete who manages to break the 1992 Rössing Uranium Men’s Open marathon record set by Luketz Swartbooi.
The Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium Marathon Championship and Charity Fun Walk for 2014 will be held under the theme ‘Champions maintain their health – Keep up the pace!’ on Saturday.
It kicks off at the athletics’ stadium in Vineta, Swakopmund.
Registration for the event will take place at that stadium on Friday from 18h00 to 21h00.
Corporate Communications’ Advisor at Rössing Uranium Limited, Botha Ellis told Nampa on Friday that Swartbooi’s record time of 2:11:23 is still unchallenged.
The annual event includes a 10-kilometre (km) run for male and females, the Uranium Team Relay and a five-kilometre Fun Walk in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).
“The first prize in the marathon Men’s Open and Ladies’ Open categories is N.dollars 10 000. Development bonuses of N.dollars 20 000 are also awarded to the Namibian winners of the same event to advance their careers beyond the Rössing event,” Ellis explained.
He noted that the event is held in the spirit of healthy lifestyles, and Rössing’s commitment to creating opportunities for communities around the mine as part of its focus on promoting this ideal.
The Fun Walk categories are for ‘Best Costume’, ‘Most Original Hat’, ‘Tallest Walker’, ‘Youngest Walker’ and ‘Oldest Walker’, while a prize will also be awarded to the largest group to participate.
The running events start at 07h00, and the Fun Walk at 9h00 from the same starting point at the Vineta stadium.
“Entries from Swakopmund and Windhoek have been flowing in, and the event is expected to attract a field of around 100 marathon runners and 150 ten-kilometre runners this year.
East African runners who realise the event’s importance as a potential qualifier for the bigger South African marathons later in the year, have also expressed their interest in the marathon,” he continued.
Entry fees are N.dollars 60 for the marathon, N.dollars 100 for international athletes, N.dollars 30 for the 10km run (N.dollars 50 for international athletes), and N.dollars 80 per team for the Uranium Team Relay.
Last year, Paulus Iyambo of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) retained his 2012 title as national marathon champion of Namibia when he finished the Rössing Marathon Championship with a new personal best winning time of 2:18:16.
In the Ladies’ Open category, fellow NDF member Alina Armas became a first-time winner in the Rössing Marathon, taking the gold in a time of 2:35:53.
Both received cash prizes of N.dollars 10 000 and development bonuses of N.dollars 20 000.