2019 Navachab half-marathon launched

10 Sep 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – The sixth edition of the annual Navachab Gold Mine half-marathon was launched here on Tuesday, with an improved sponsorship of N.dollars 112 000.
The annual half-marathon event, which had its maiden edition in 2014, is held in Karibib in the Erongo Region.
This year’s race will be held on 14 September and will have a start and finishing at the Usab Field in Karibib.
Athletes competing in the 21 kilometre (km) run will have their times recorded by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after the race track was measured by the IAAF officials from South Africa earlier this year.
Speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday at the Namibia Sport Commission offices in the capital, Race Director and Omaruru Sports Officer, Berthold Karumendu, said five years ago they started the race with just a few athletes but that number has increased over the years.
“This year, we are expecting to have 500 athletes competing at this event. We are so delighted that the race course has been measured and whatever record that will be set now will be the course record registered with the IAAF, unlike in the past,” he said.
The current unofficial course record was set by South African, Joel Mmone, who crossed the line in a record time of one hour three minutes and one second (1:03:01) in 2017, the women’s record was set by Namibia’s Lavinia Haitope in the same race, who finished in a time of 1:14:01.
Karumendu further indicated that there will be great prizes up for grabs for the first, second and third placed athletes in the various categories. The categories are comprised of the junior (16-19 years); senior (20-39 years); veterans (40-49 years); and masters (50+ years).