All is set for the Kujatana-Kubotu 21km Peace Half-Marathon set for Binga on Saturday with the organisers of the race leaving Harare today for Matabeleland North to put final touches to competition preparations.
Race co-ordinator Pottar Muzamba yesterday said: “We are making the final preparations for the race. The Twalumba team is leaving tomorrow (today) for Binga to put the final touches and the setting up of logistics.
“The rest of the people that include journalists will be leaving on Friday. The race starts at 6am on Saturday. Athletes will have to find their way to the venue. We will not be providing transport except for the locals,” Muzamba said.
Last year, the race was won by Kudakwashe Shoko in the men’s category and Sharon Tavengwa in the women’s open category.
However, athletes had to endure scorching temperatures as the race started later than scheduled.
Bulawayo athletes Samukeliso Moyo and Sipho Ncube will not be part of the race and are due to travel to South Africa for the Thekwini Ultra Marathon in Durban, next week. Shoko also did not register for this year’s Kujatana-Nkubotu race.
The winner of this year’s race in the men’s and women’s open categories will each pocket $2 000 with positions two to ten also expected to win cash prizes.
More than 650 athletes — who include sisters Chiedza and Lizzy Chokore and Faith and Constance Nyasango, Olivia Chitate, Virimai Zhuwawo, Mike Fokoroni — are expected. Locals are also to win cash prizes and stationery for schools.
There is a category for the uniformed forces and another for wheelchair athletes. The Kujatana-Kubotu race is now recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
The race is in its fourth year and marks the International Day of Peace which is celebrated on September 21.