19 Jun 2016 15:10pm
OUTAPI, 19 JUN (NAMPA) The Governor Erginus Endjala Annual Marathon took place for the first time on Saturday and 71 runners participated, including the Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala.
It was held over distances of 5 kilometres (km), 10km, 21km and 32km between Outapi and Tsandi.
Endjala and local marathon runner Simon Gabriel Shokonawa collaborated to organise the race.
Apart from Endjala, other high-profile participants included King Johannes Mupongolitha Mupiya of Ongandjera and Omusati Regional Councillor for the Ruacana Constituency Andreas Shintama. They participated as veterans in the 5km race to motivate young athletes.
Between the three, Shintama crossed the finish line first, followed by Endjala in second position and Mupiya third.
The eldest runner was former marathon athlete, 60-year-old Florian Shilongo from the Hiroshima Athletic Club in Oshakati, while 11-year-old Rodney Haneb from Farm Ondera in the Oshikoto Region was the youngest participant in the competition.
Shilongo was awarded the floating trophy, gold medal and N.dollars 800 as the only participant in the Masters category.
Shokonawa was awarded the floating trophy, gold medal and N.dollars 2 600 as the champion in the 32km category, while his challengers from neighbouring Angola - Mwatilondjaba Paulino and Clement Leonardo - were picked up by an ambulance halfway through the race due to injuries.
Paulus Vilho from the Ohangwena Namibian Police Force (NamPol), who won the 21km Shokonawa Marathon last year, also won the Governor Erginus Endjala Annual Marathon this year. He received the floating trophy, gold medal and N.dollars 1 200 as champion.
Other winners are: Thomas Malakia (5km male), Justina Joel (5km female), David Nakale (10km veteran male), Irene Mbendeka (5km veteran female), Jocobina Nantanga (21km female) and Martin Kalwenya (21km veteran male).
Endjala told participants during the award-giving ceremony the competition was a trial this year and will improve to a two-day annual championship to include football, netball, volleyball and boxing as from next year.