28 Oct 2013 18:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 28 OCT (NAMPA) Some 140 athletes participated in the annual Penehupifo Pohamba Marathon which took place between Oshivelo and Farm Ondera towards Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday.
The organiser of the event and Namibian marathon runner, Gabriel Simon Shokonawa told Nampa here on Monday the majority of participants were athletes from the San community of Farm Ondera, neighbouring farms and some from the Tsumkwe and Outjo areas.
Farm Ondera is situated some 40km east of Oshivelo.
Six Angolan athletes also participated, said Shokonawa.
The event is named after Namibias First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, and was hosted for the first time in August last year in the Berg-Aukas area of the Otjozondjupa Region.
The race is organised as a four-distance event of 5km for veterans, 10km for junior boys and girls, 21.1km for senior boys and girls and the main contest of 42.2km.
Shokonawa participated in the 42.2km race, and won it in a time of two hours and 29 minutes, followed by Garos Petrus in two hours and 31 minutes.
We were 43 athletes in the main event (42.2km race), while 73 runners participated in the second big race of 21.1km, Shokonawa explained.
He pointed out that the San athletes from Farm Ondera and others participated in the race as part of their upliftment programme under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Erastus Uutoni and Home Affairs and Immigration Deputy Minister Elia Kaiyamo were the two guests at the event.
The Namibia Diamond Company sponsored the competition with N.dollars 100 000, Oshikango Garage supported it with N.dollars 18 000, while Ondangwa-based SP Bricks Warehouse offered a sponsorship of N.dollars 67 000.
The Annual Penehupifo Pohamba Marathon is hosted under the umbrella of the Gabriel Simon Shokonawa Training Academy.