Sanlam Coastal Marathon to be bigger and better

A local marathon aims to improve the health and fitness of participants.

11 March 2019 | Sports

Hilaria Graig; marketing and communications manager; “The Sanlam Coastal Marathon is like no other as it is the only marathon linked to an elite marathon in Africa.

Contributed - Sanlam recently launched the second annual Sanlam Coastal Marathon at its head office in Windhoek.

Taking place on Saturday 23 March, the event is expected to be bigger this year. The marathon will have four race categories namely the 5 km fun run, and the 10 km, 21 km and 42.2 km marathon. The organisers are optimistic about exceeding the target of 500 participants.

Speaking at a recent media launch of the event, Sanlam’s marketing and communications manager Hilaria Graig said she was excited to be hosting this event once again.

“After a very successful inaugural marathon last year, we are excited to bring back the Sanlam Coastal Marathon which we promise will be bigger and better than the previous event.”

Graig explained that the marathon aims to promote health and fitness while at the same time creating a platform for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to exercise their craft.

She also stressed that the marathon is like no other as it is the only one linked to an elite marathon in Africa, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The winners of the marathon in the 42.2 km race will not only receive a cash prize of N$15 000, the biggest cash prize so far in the country, but are also guaranteed automatic all expenses paid participation in the IAAF Gold Label Status Sanlam Cape Town Marathon taking place in September.

Entry tickets are available online via EventsToday at www.today.com.na/events, the PayToday App or at any Airtime City kiosk. Tickets are going for N$20 for 5 km, N$40 for 10 km and N$80 for 21 km as well as 42.2 km.

“We would like as many people as possible to attend, hence we are charging the lowest while giving the highest prizes compared to other marathons in the country,” Graig concluded. Closing date for entries is 19 March 2019.

Runners will follow the Swakopmund/ Henties Bay route and at clearly indicated points will turn around and end back at Pro-Ed Academy in Swakopmund where the race starts. Number collection will take place at the school on Friday, 22 March 2019 from 15:00 to 18:00. For additional information, runners can contact Hilaria Graig at [email protected] or call her on 061 294 7607.

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