Hope Fountain race back on the calendar

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The 30km Hope Fountain Race is back this year after it was shelved last year due to lack of financial resources.

Bulawayo Athletic Board secretary Dailes Bingadadi yesterday said the race, sponsored by the Belmont Rotary Club, will be held on November 13.

According the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe calendar, the race was supposed to be on November 6, but was moved to a week later as athletes will be fresh from the Dr Simon Muzenda Memorial Gutu Half–Marathon in Masvingo which will be held on October 30.

The winner of this year’s race in the seniors category will walk away $500 richer and Bingadadi said the rest of the prizes are still being deliberated upon.

“The race is on November 13. If you look at the calendar we were supposed to hold the race on 6 November, but we will just be coming from the Muzenda Marathon. We will give prizes for position one to 10 in the race and the first prize for the seniors (men and ladies) is $500.

“There are still some logistics we are working on for prizes in other categories,” Bingadadi said.

Bingadadi said to encourage youth participation in the competition, juniors will take part in a 5x6km relay in both the Under-20 men and women’s category while the seniors will also take part in a 3x10km relay race on the same 30km route.

There will also be a walking race from the Centenary Park in the city centre to Hillside Dams which will be open to all.

“All is set for the race and it promises to be exciting this year. We have already started making preparations for the competition with the sponsors,” Bingadadi said.

Registration for this year’s Hope Fountain race is $10 and each participant will be given a T-shirt after the race.