Reigning Comrades Marathon winner Stephen Muzhingi will be the main attraction at the inaugural Sunshine City Marathon that gets off the blocks at the National Sports Stadium on July 17.
X-HIB-IT Events Management Company, who are organising the high-profile race yesterday confirmed that the ultra-marathon triple winner had already completed all registration paper work to compete in the race.
“Muzhingi is one of the biggest names who have already completed the registration process and I can confirm that he will participate in the main race,” said Rebecca Gambiza, the company’s executive director.
Gambiza said she is overwhelmed with the response she has been getting from athletes who have shown interest in taking part in the event.
She revealed that over 2 000 athletes, including foreign athletes had confirmed participation but her company expected the number to soar to 5 000 by registration deadline on July 14.
The winner of the race in the main 42km marathon race is assured of a cool $10 000 in both the female and male categories while the runners-up will get $4 000 each.
There will be also a 21km half-marathon race whose winner will get $1 500 while those who win in the 5km fun race will go home with $500.
Wheelchair athletes will compete in the 5km fun run with winners getting $1 000 in both men and women categories.
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Besides Muzhingi, other top athletes who are expected to light up the event include double Two Oceans Marathon winner Marko Mambo while IAU 50km reigning world champion Collen Makaza will also have a big shout.
On the women front, Germany-based Sharon Tawengwa is already in the country preparing for the event while Samukeliso Moyo, who recently participated in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, is among the favourites to win the top prize.