12 Aug 2016 10:20am
SWAKOPMUND, 12 AUG (NAMPA) - The prize money for the annual Rock Spitzkoppe Community Run and Mountain Bike Challenge has increased to N.dollars 70 000.
Last year, the prize money was N.dollars 22 000, with the winners in the various categories such as the 21.5 kilometre (km) half marathon run/walk and 70km cycling receiving N.dollars 500 each.
The walkers, runners and bikers event is expected to take place on 10 September for the seventh time in the Spitzkoppe Mountains outside Usakos.
Communications specialist Sugnet Smit of sponsor AREVA Namibia told Nampa on Thursday the overall winners should expect between N.dollars 1 000 and 1 500 this year.
Last year, second and third category winners received N.dollars 400 and 300, but this year it will be more than that.
A total of 650 entries are expected this year, with 360 already registered.
Entries close at the end of this month.
This event has two aims first, to benefit the local community economically and secondly, to celebrate the natural beauty of Namibias famous Spitzkoppe Mountains and the surrounding gravel plains, she said.
This year, there will be a guided kiddies cycle race and massage services for exhausted participants.
Other categories include the 33km cycling and 10km walk for both men and women.
The age categories for the running slots are elite (below 40 years), veteran (40-50 years) and master (50 and above).
AREVA, Gecko Imerys, Herco Marketing and OTB Sport co-sponsor and organise the event.
The female 21.5 km run winner for last year was Ottilie Kaunapawa Aimwata, while the male category was won by Pinehas Embashu.
The male cycling winner was Herbert Peters and the female cycling winner, Lonél Smith.