All set for Westgate Half Marathon

HARARE - Several highly-rated long distance runners will battle for honours in the Old Mutual Westgate Half Marathon that has been set for Sunday.

The annual race has a purse of $3 000 for the winners in the male and female categories and is once again expected to draw a bumper field.

The Westgate Half Marathon, named after Old Mutual’s premier shopping mall located west of Harare, has grown since 2012 to become a flagship feature on the local athletics calendar.

Old Mutual, the sponsors of the race, confirmed that this year’s main prize is pegged at $3 000 and all the prizes from the different categories combined add up to $27 000.

This level of sponsorship has been welcomed by many people within the athletics fraternity as the prevailing economic hardships have seen many corporates either downscaling or completely withdrawing their sponsorship budgets.

The race has three categories, 5km, 10km and 21km.

While the 21km is the main event that always attracts the big names of athletics in Zimbabwe, the 5km and 10km categories have also proven to be popular among both professional and non-professional athletes who are either driven by the desire to exercise and keep fit or are recuperating from injuries.

Old Mutual also confirmed that all the logistical arrangements will ensure that the race is held according to International Amateur Athletics Federation regulations.

“Registration for the race is currently underway at Old Mutual offices at Eastgate, Westgate, Mutual Gardens – 100 The Chase, Emerald Hill, Old Mutual Harare Green Zone — Cnr Sam Nujoma/Jason Moyo and CABS Head Office in Borrowdale,” Old Mutual said in a statement.

“Registration fees are $5 adults and $1 for children under 18.  Apart from the race, which will be broadcast live on radio, there will be entertainment from seasoned DJs, children’s games, water slides, free health checks and screening from Cimas.

“Food and drinks will be available for sale, to create a perfect platform for a family day out.”

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