Electronic timing for Matopos Ultrathon

BULAWAYO - The annual PPC Matopos 33 Miler Marathon this year will see for the first time timing giants Championship Africa running the electronic timing for the event.

Championship Africa is the largest marathon timing company in Africa.

The race, set for March 24, and running under the theme “Run your race” is expected to host more than 2 000 athletes. Registration is on-going at the PPC offices in Bulawayo and Harare, the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe offices as well as a simplified online registration.

According to PPC managing director Kelibone Masiyane the electronic timing makes PPC Matopos event suitable for regional pre-qualifiers.

“This is an exciting development, first for the PPC Matopos Marathon and also a ground-breaking first as it is also the first race in Zimbabwe to engage Championship Africa.

“With this development, the PPC Matopos 33 Miler Marathon automatically becomes a preferred pre-qualifier to regional marathons such as Comrades Marathon,” Masiyane said.

“The use of electronic timing is an important step towards elevating the race to world class status, through provision of accurate data to athletes.

Although they will be four races on the day namely the full 53km ultrathon, 21km half marathon and the shorter 10km and 5km races, the electronic timing system will only be used in the 53km and 21km races.

Masiyane said the decision to come up with the theme “Run your race” was because people run the race for different reasons.


“We are cognisant of the fact that runners partake in this event for different reasons. Some run to win the prize money and prove to their peers that they are the best in the field. Others take this as a personal fitness challenge to better themselves while some people come for fun, to walk and to socialise with friends,” he said.


 

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