Sponsors of the Twalumba Kujatana Peace Half-Marathon held in Binga every year, have postponed this year’s race for the second time to next month, Standardsport has learnt.
Report by Brian Nkiwane
The race, in its fifth year running, was originally pencilled for September 8 and pushed to last month to give athletes, who represented Zimbabwe at the Olympics, time to rest.
But the race has been rescheduled to December to enable Twalumba employees to have a decent sendoff to a long Christmas holiday.
Speaking to Standardsport, Twalumba Holdings’ Miriam Sibanda said they had since moved the race taking into account a number of things.
“We have decided to move the race to December so that the day of the race will coincide with the Christmas party for our employees.
“At Twalumba, we have a number of employees who include players from our football club and all this needs to be taken into consideration. We hope that by December the leagues in which our teams are playing will have concluded their programmes,” she said.
She added: “The other reason why we are not having it now is that we did not want to disturb some of the junior players that we have in our books who are busy with their examinations.”
Sibanda lamented the way the registration process was done in the previous editions.
“Athletes usually wait for last-minute registrations. We are not going to tolerate that. Those wishing to participate in the race should start contacting the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe for more information,” said Sibanda.
Winners will be awarded US$2 000. Last year Twalumba Foundation brought in a course marker from South Africa so that the event could be accredited by the International Athletics Association of Federations. Almost a 1 000 athletes are expected to take part in the race which has several categories including 10km for juniors.
To encourage local participation, the civic leadership is often involved in assembling athletes for the event with prizes for the most outstanding locals.