10 Jun 2016 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUN (NAMPA) Namibian long distance runners Lavinia Haitope and Reonard Namupala will later this year represent Namibia at the third edition of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
The athletes were selected by Athletics Namibia (AN) from a pool of long distance runners who have represented the country at various events this year.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2 kilometres) is a city race open to a wide range of running enthusiasts - from elite athletes to social runners.
The event this year will be hosted in Cape Town on 18 September.
Speaking at a media conference held in the capital on Thursday, Sanlam General Manager: Public and Corporate Support Evans Simataa said the company is proud to have representatives from Namibia at this year's event.
The Sanlam Group is in its third year of partnership with the Cape Town Marathon and this is the second year to send two Namibian athletes to represent our country. It has been a rich and rewarding journey for us.
Weve watched the race grow in size, status and also in heart... It is a race that has crept into the DNA of the global and local running circuit and the number of participants is growing rapidly every year, she said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Athletics Namibia Secretary General, Erwin Naimhwaka said companies that wish to invest in sports should see this gesture from Sanlam as a challenge.
We are excited that this year you have again invited and assured an opportunity for our athletes to compete in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. The athletes are ready and eager to give their best and to do us proud.
You are not only focusing on the competition itself, but have adopted a broad approach that focuses on the preparation for the competition as well. This gives us a lot of hope and comfort that with such support, our athletes will be able to develop and grow and compete, said Naimhwaka.
Sanlam will sponsor the athletes' accommodation, flight tickets and registration fees at the event.
The winner of the Cape Town marathon in both the male and female category will walk away with N.dollars 250 000.