The winners of the fourth edition of the Kujatana-Nkubotu 21,1km Peace Half-marathon set for Binga tomorrow will each pocket $2 000 for both the men and women’s open categories.
Kudakwashe Shoko and Sharon Tavengwa, last year’s winners, will not be part of the race this year This makes the competition more interesting.
Virimai Zhuwawo and Mike Fokoroni will be eyeing the honours in this year’s race in the men’s section while sisters Chiedza and Lizzy Chokore and Faith and Constance Nyasango will be fighting out for the rich purse in the women’s section.
Race co-ordinator Pottar Muzamba said the race will start at 6am to avoid last year’s glitch when athletes had to endure high temperatures after delays.
In the uniformed forces category, Cephas Pamire will be aiming to defend his title while in the men’s wheelchair section there will be Elford Moyo, Admund Makutya and Tawanda Maburutse.
Magdalene Madzivire, Margaret Pangajena and Dorcas Hwatura will be vying for top spot in the women’s category in the wheelchair group.
Organisers Twalumba Foundation are already on the ground, putting final logistical touches with officials from the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe.
This year’s race bankrolled to the tune of $250 000 has attracted over 650 athletes with the majority being locals who are also expected to win cash prizes and stationery for local schools.
The race has gained the recognition of the International Association of Athletics Federations who marked the route for the marathon earlier in the year.
Prior to the race tomorrow, Binga will liven up to a mini-cultural festival tonight to showcase local talent and dances. After the race, there will be entertainment from musician Nicholas Zacharia.