Fourth TNA kids fun run hosted

24 Aug 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 AUG (NAMPA) – The Tangeni Nakale Athletics (TNA) Kids fun run was successfully held for the fourth time over the weekend at the Okuryangava informal settlement in Katutura.
Nakale a soldier by profession, was a long distance runner and once won the Okorusu Mine Marathon in Otjiwarongo. He however stopped running in 2008 and in 2009 became an Athletics Namibia professional athletics official.
Nakale in 2015 founded TNA with the aim of getting children aged five to 15 to participate in sport as part of their recreational activities.
The athletic event is held twice a year in March and August and involves children in different age groups running a three-kilometre race. They run from Okuryangava to the Okahandja park informal settlement and back.
Sixty-five children participated in the one-day event on Saturday.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Nakale said he was happy with the attendance, adding that his aim is to help promote athletics in Namibia.
“I started this kids run because we usually forget about the young kids when it comes to athletics events if they are not held at school level. I want these young children to start participating in sports competitions at a very young age as this will help keep them off the streets, which is a good thing for our communities,” he said.
He added that he was overwhelmed by the number of parents who came to support their children on the day and called on them to continue supporting their children.
Marathon Sugar was the event's main sponsor, availing goody bags, T-shirts and certificates, while Coca-Cola sponsored drinks.
Nakale said Marathon Sugar also sponsors his academy with N.dollars 1 500 per month, which he uses to transport the children to training venues during events and practice days.