Shokonawa to train in Lesotho

10 Sep 2014 14:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – A Namibian marathon runner, Simon Gabriel Shokonawa is leaving the country for Lesotho on Monday for a two-month training camp.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Shokonawa said he will also participate in the 42.2km Maseru Marathon Championships while in that country.
Last year, the Namibian participated in the championships under the sponsorship of the Namibia Women in Sports Association.
He obtained the sixth position overall amongst marathon champions from different African countries who participated in the marathon.
Shokonawa will be joining fellow marathon runners from Kenya and Ethiopia who are already in the training camp.
He said marathon runners have chosen Lesotho as their training ground because of its mountainous environment.
“The training will serve as my preparation for two popular marathon championships in the United States of America scheduled for October,” Shokonawa explained.
These two championships are the Illinois Marathon and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Before his departure for Lesotho on Monday, Shokonawa will visit the late King Mandume yaNdemufayo's monument at the Oihole village in southern Angola this Friday.
He will be accompanied by his sponsors from several business entities in northern Namibia, such as Shetweni, Elao and OK Groceries, to bid him a farewell.
Shokonawa is expected to return from Lesotho on 20 November.