Navachab Marathon aims to revive road running

16 Sep 2015 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 SEP (NAMPA) - The second edition of the Navachab Half-Marathon will take place in Karibib on Saturday and welcome participants from Zambia.
The Navachab Gold Mine is an open-pit mine and is situated near Karibib, in the Erongo Region.
The mine has pumped N.dollars 45 000 into the realisation of this event, while First National Bank (FNB) Namibia and OK Stores each contributed N.dollars 5 000.
The Regional Sports Officer for Erongo, Berthold Karumendu said during the official handover of sponsorships in the capital on Tuesday, the event will take place in efforts to revitalise road running, which has been on a “death bed” for the past few years.
“I really don't know what led to the drop in road running but it is pulling up again,” he said.
Group Manager: Corporate Communications at FNB, Vicky Muranda, said the race does not only guarantee cash to the winning participants, but also helps with improving their health.
Senior Environmental Coordinator at Navachab Gold mine, Marietjie Bell confirmed the participation of athletes from Zambia, adding long distance runners from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) are expected to participate in large numbers.
Runners of the half-marathon are divided into four categories of age for the 21.1 kilometres race.
Winner of the senior category (20-39 years) will walk away with N.dollars 5 000; junior category (13- 19 years) N.dollars 2 000; veteran category (40-49) N.dollars 2 000 and master category (50 years and more) N.dollars 1 500. All four categories include men and women.
The overall winner in the men category last year was Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa, a long distance runner of the NDF, while Alina Armas also from the NDF won the women category.
A total of 249 athletes took part last year and the number is expected to increase this year.