Rössing Marathon keeps growing

Running towards a healthy life

04 February 2020 | Sports

Alwyn Lubbe; Rössing Uranium’s communication specialist;“It has been growing every year …”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The 2020 Rössing National Marathon Championship takes place in Swakopmund on 8 February under the theme “Your health, your life”.

Last year’s event saw over 850 participants taking part. According to Rössing Uranium’s communication specialist, Alwyn Lubbe, the Rössing Marathon Championship will be better this year.

“This year is the 29th edition of the race and it continues to grow. This year we expect more athletes, especially for the half-marathon which seems to be very popular. As usual, our fun walk should deliver a substantial amount of its entry fees to the Cancer Association of Namibia,” Lubbe said.

For the first time, the newly renamed Frank Slabbert half-marathon (21.1km), features as part of the event.

Other races which will start and finish at the Pro-Ed Akademie sports field are the 42.2km full marathon, the 10km run, the 10km uranium relay as well as the 5km fun walk.

The 5km fun walk include an exciting competition for most original costume, funniest hat, youngest walker (excluding toddlers in prams and pets), oldest walker, tallest walker and cutest pet walker.

Entries for the fun walk can be made at the venue on Friday, 7 February from 18:00 to 20:00 and again on Saturday, 8 February from 08:00 to 09:00. The registration fee is N$10 per walker.

During the 2019 edition of the Rössing Marathon Championship, the men's full marathon was won by Zambia’s Mathews Matanyu who crossed the finish line in 2:21:49. Matanyu, who defended the title he won the previous year, beat Namibian Kefas Kondjashili, who finished the race in 2:22:55.

Jesaja Matheus finished the men's full marathon in third place, in a time of 2:23:30.

The women's full marathon was comfortably won by Beata Naigambo in 2:43:21, ahead of compatriot Leena Ekandjo, who finished the race in a time of 3:02:56.

It was the second year in a row that Ekandjo was denied, as she also finished last year's race in second place. Ekandjo's efforts were, however, good enough to fend off rival Ottilie Almwata (3:03:21), who finished in third place.

Matanyu and Naigambo each walked away with N$10 000 in cash, as well as a development bonus of N$20 000 each. Second-placed Kondjashili and Ekandjo both received N$5 000, while Jesaya Matheus and Ottilie Almwata received N$3 000 for their third-place finishes.

This year there are prizes worth N$100 000 up for grabs, with the first prize for the half-marathon winners N$3 000 in the men and women open categories. An extra N$1 000 cash bonus is up for grabs should the marathon record be improved from the current best time of 2:11:23 set by Luketz Swartbooi in 1992.

The marathon and half-marathon starts at 07:00. The 10km run and 10km uranium relay items start at 07:30, with the 5km Fun Walk starting at 09:00.

Entry forms for electronic registration are available at www.rossing.com. Registration closes on Wednesday, 5 February 2020.

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