Rössing marathon draws near

Runners have until Friday to register

04 February 2019 | Sports

Liezl Davies; GM of operations; “Rössing Uranium strives to create positive social impact where we operate . . . in our host communities.”

Adolf Kaure - The Rössing Marathon will take place on Saturday, 9 February under the theme “My Health, My Right”.

The new start and finish venue of the marathon, co-hosted by Swakop Striders, is at the Pro-Ed Academy Sports Field in Baobab Avenue, Ocean View, Swakopmund.

The event consists of a 42.2 km full marathon, 21.1 km half marathon, 10 km run and 10 km relay (for Erongo uranium companies), as well as the 5 km fun walk.

The first place finishers for both the men and the ladies in the 42.2 km full marathon with receive N$10 000, while the second and the third place finishers will receive N$5 000 and N$2 000 respectively. The first Namibian man and lady to finish the 42.2 km marathon will also receive an extra N$20 000 development bonus over 12 months.

For the 21.1 km half marathon N$3 000 will be awarded to the first place finishers, while N$2 000 and N$1 000 will be awarded to the second and third place runners respectively.

N$1 500 can be won by the first place man and lady in the 10 km run, while the second and third placed runners will receive N$700 and N$300 respectively.

The 2018 edition of the full marathon was won by Zambian national Mathews Matanyu, who crossed the finish line in a time of 2:16:52. Matanyu beat Namibian Tomas Rainhold to first place.

The women's full marathon finished with a sprint to the finish line, with Anna Amutoko beating compatriot Leena Ekandjo by 13 seconds to be crowned the overall winner, in a time of 2:53:45.

Speaking at last year’s event, Rössing Uranium's general manager of operations, Liezl Davies, said the aim of the marathon was to promote a healthy lifestyle in the mine's neighbouring communities.

“Rössing Uranium strives to create positive social impact where we operate, helping to improve living standards, health, well-being and education in our host communities.”

Participants can make use of www.today.com.na/events, PayToday and Airtime City. Entries close on Wednesday, 6 February, at noon. Race packs must be collected at the race venue from 16:00 to 20:00 on Friday, 8 February. Participants are encouraged to take along their IDs, passports, birth certificates or company card (Erongo uranium companies for the 10 km relay).

The registration fee for the 42.2 km marathon and the 21.1 km half marathon is N$80, while the runners are expected to pay N$60 for registering for the 10 km run.

Non-refundable entries can be done on www.today.com.na/events, Pay Today and Airtime City. Entries close on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 and race packs can be collected at the race venue from 16:00 to 20:00 on Friday, 8 February 2019 with your ID, passport, birth certificate or company card (Erongo Uranium companies for the 10 km Relay).

Late registration will be done at the race venue from 16:00 to 20:00 on Friday, 8 February 2019. Late entries will be charged at a higher price (N$20 extra). The 5 km fun walk registration will take place at the race venue between 08:00 and 09:00 on Saturday, 9 February.

The first 250 paid-up entries (proof of payment must be provided) get a branded training vest and buff with your race pack.

The official cut-off time for the marathon will be five hours, or 12:00. The official cut-off time for the 21 km run is three hours. The official cut-off time for the 10 km run is two hours.

The 42.2 km marathon will start at 07:00 and the cut-off time will be at noon. The 21.1 km half marathon commences at 07:00 and its cut-off time will be at 10:00. The 10 km run starts at 07:30 and the cut-off for this race will be at 09:30. The 10 km relay starts at 07:30, while the 5 km fun run begins at 09:30.

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