The annual Kujatana Nkubotu 21-kilometre Peace Half Marathon got recognition after the successful marking of the race route by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) representative in June.
This means that an estimated 13 000 athletes who are expected to take part in this year’s edition set for September 24 In Binga, will have their efforts recognised by the international body.
South African Pieter Jager, who is a representative from IAAF, was in Binga with Abel Manyumeka, the Matabeleland North National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe representative marking the race route.
Speaking after the successful marking, Manyumeka believed marking the Kujatana Nkubotu route would benefit Zimbabwe.
“We hope with our route marked our race will appear on the IAAF-sanctioned events for 2012 and in the process we will be able to draw a world-class field to Binga.
It goes without saying that the benefits to Binga, athletics and our economy from this exercise will be felt in the not too distant future with tourism and sport the big winners,” said Manyumeka.
Nkululeko Sibanda, the group executive chairman of Twalumba Holdings, said he was pleased to have made efforts to ensure the route had been marked making it the first-ever route to have international recognition in this country.
“It actually means all the time athletes are going to run they will have international recognition even if someone breaks record time, it will be recorded,” he said.
The Kujatana Nkubotu 21km Peace Half-Marathon is an annual race staged by Twalumba Foundation to commemorate the International Day of Peace.