30 Mar 2017 15:20pm
OSHAKATI, 30 MAR (NAMPA) The Clemens Kashuupulwa Athletics Marathon Challenge was launched at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Wednesday.
The marathon, organised by the Shokonawa Training Academy, will be held between Ondangwa and Oshakati on 08 April.
Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwas special advisor, Michael Mwinga, launched the event on his behalf as the governor was out of the country.
He also handed over N.dollars 15 000 sponsored by Kashuupulwa as cash prizes.
Companies such as the Northern Regional Electricity Distributor company and Bank Windhoek, as well as church organisation Tuudila Musical Works also contributed.
The academy has previously hosted a number of marathons in northern Namibia.
These include marathons named after retired Bishop Kleopas Dumeni of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, Governor Erginus Endjala of the Omusati Region and the late King Mandume yaNdemufayo.
Speaking during the launch, Simon Gabriel Shokonawa of the academy said the event will cover distances of 5 kilometres (km), 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km.
Shokonawa, who is also a marathon runner, said he named the marathons after prominent people in honour of their contribution to the achievement of Namibias independence and/or to recognise those who helped to shape his sports career.
Besides cash prizes and trophies, the winners will also receive medals.
Three-hundred athletes from all over Namibia are expected to participate in the competition, with 94 athletes from Ohangwena, Khomas, Oshana, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions having already registered.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was invited to open the marathon and participate in a 5km walk.
Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta, Home Affairs and Immigration Deputy Minister Erastus Uutoni and Safety and Security Deputy Minister Daniel Kashikola will also participate.