Tangeni Nakale Fun Run a success

20 Aug 2017 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – The second Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run for the year took place at the Okuryangava informal settlement in the capital Saturday morning.
Initiated in March 2015 by Nakale, a former long distance athlete, the event is aimed at encouraging young people in the Okuryangava and Okahandja Park informal settlements to participate in sports and to identify potential athletes among the youth.
Sixty-five athletes between the ages of eight and 17 competed in the five kilometre run along Gaddafi Street in Okuryangava.
The first fun run was held in March.
Nakale told Nampa on Saturday this was his last event for the year and he was happy with the turnout.
“This is the third year in a row that I am hosting this event and I hope next year we can find a bigger venue because I want this event to grow bigger and accommodate all kids from different neighbourhoods in Windhoek,” he said.
Nakale noted that there is great potential and a bright future among these youngsters, but he needs more funding to develop the programme.
He pointed out that some of the young athletes from the competition get the chance to compete in the Omaruru Street Mile which is hosted every year in that town, while others compete in an athletics fun day hosted in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area every year.
The winners of the last event of the year received certificates and prize monies ranging from N.dollars 50 to N.dollars 150.
Marathon Sugar is the main sponsor, while Fruit and Vegetable Market,and Moonlight Print and Signs are co-sponsors.
The next Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run will be hosted in March 2018.