By Courage Nyaya
MANICALAND Athletics Board chairperson Joshua Matume has said all is set for the return of the Tanganda Half-Marathon to be held this weekend.
The event was last held in 2019 before it was struck off the calendar due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Misheck Sithole and Olivia Chitate won the race in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.
“Preparations for the event are at an advanced stage. I can say we are almost through; we are making final touches on some technical issues,” Matume said.
“We are excited with the return of the event because our athletes were starved of these events due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“This event is effective on the development of long-distance runners in the province as it also promotes health living in the community,” Matume said.
He added that top athletes, among them Munyaradzi Jari, Samuel Sithole and Millen Matende were expected to participate in the event which will be held at the Mutare Sports Club.
Athletes will compete in six categories — 21km run, wheelchair category, 10km spinners ,10km seniors, 10km veterans, masters, grand masters and 10km juniors for males and females
The wheelchair category attracts US$350 for first prize, while the fourth position winner will walk away with US$70. For 10km race, the first prize is US$200 while for 21km race the main prize is US$550. As for the 10km senior race, the first prize is US$200, the same as for the veterans.
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