Old Mutual Relay Challenge roars into life tomorrow

HARARE - The annual Old Mutual Relay Challenge roars into life tomorrow when athletes from across the country converge at the starting point at Old Georgians Sports Club.

Old Mutual has been sponsoring the event since 2013. The event has evolved with time, starting off as the Old Mutual Rodger Brackley Marathon, then Old Mutual RB Relay Challenge Marathon and now simply christened the Old Mutual Relay Challenge.

The sponsors confirmed that this year’s main prize is pegged at $1 500 for the main event, the 42,2km marathon, with the second and third runners up pocketing a cool $1 000 and $500 respectively.

Prizes are equal for both male and female categories.

There will also be prizes for relay teams and other categories, putting the total purse at $11 500.

“The sponsorship also demonstrates the level of commitment shown by Old Mutual towards the development of athletics in the country,” the insurance company said in a statement.

“People within the athletics fraternity applauded this gesture from Old Mutual that came at a time many organisations are cutting back on social expenditure due the prevailing economic hardships.”

The race has four categories, 5km, 10km, 21km and 42,2km.

An exciting dimension to the Old Mutual Relay Challenge comes in the form of relay teams racing against seasoned runners over the 42,2km distance.

A team should have a minimum of two people and a maximum of eight, as long as the baton is carried the full 42,2km distance.

The relay format has proved to be popular with schools, running clubs, corporate organisations or just mates grouping to form a team for the day.

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

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