13 Jun 2017 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) The 2017 edition of the MTC Sam Nujoma Half Marathon was launched here Tuesday.
The seventh edition of the premier event will take place in Windhoek on 27 August.
In a speech read on his behalf, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo said the half marathon represents the values and principles of founding Namibian President Sam Nujoma, which include a disciplined lifestyle and balance between body and mind through physical activity.
Ekandjo said physical activity and sports are essential for health and wellbeing.
Regular exercise offers everyone a wide range of physical, social, and mental health benefits, the minister said.
Ekandjo added that Namibia has witnessed an increase in non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.
He said these diseases relate closely to an unhealthy lifestyle, mainly tobacco use, physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet.
The minister further stated that the benefits of taking part in sports are not only health related, but also economical.
Sports reduces health costs, increases productivity, and helps the youth to be disciplined, he said.
Also speaking during the launch, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Manager of Sponsorship and Promotions, Joseph Mundjindi said they will contribute N.dollars 184 639 to the 2017 edition of the half marathon.
MTC has contributed over N.dollars 885 000 since the inception of the half marathon.
We once again call upon other companies to support sports in Namibia as we know that Government alone cannot cope, he stated.
Athletics Namibia is organising the race that comprises 21kilometre (km), 10km and 5km races open to local and international runners.
Prizes range from N.dollars 10 000 for the male and female winners to N.dollars 1 000 for persons in position six.
Registration dates will be made available soon.
Over 470 athletes participated in last years half marathon, which was won by Kenyan runner Sammy Kipkoech Tum and Namibias Helalia Johannes in the mens and womens races.