BAB welcomes School of Mines’ marathon decision

Innocent Kurira

THE Bulawayo Athletics Board (Bab) has welcomed the Zimbabwe School of Mines’ (ZSM) decision to have a full marathon instead of the 21.1km.

Last year when the institution introduced itself to staging long distance running, it was a Half Marathon. July 27 has been set as the date of the ZSM Marathon and it promises to be an exciting development for the sport whose last 42.2km event was the Merlin Marathon almost 30 years ago.

Last year’s event started and finished at the School of Mines in Killarney and it proved a success with a quality field.Bab chairperson Watson Madanyika has hailed ZSM for their commitment to the support of athletics ahead of the second edition of the event.

“We are really excited because this event is growing bigger. We are grateful to the sponsors who are giving our long distance runners an opportunity to run and shine. “We are going to be having a full marathon this year which goes on to show that athletics is growing bigger and better. As Bab we hope to have this event become a traditional feature on our calendar. We are hopeful that this event will attract some of the top marathon runners in the country,” said Madanyika.

Registration for the event is now open with entry fees pegged at US$20 for the 42km, US$15 for the Half Marathon, US$10 for the 10km and 5km.The inaugural event hosted by ZSM was to raise funds towards drilling four boreholes at the school.

Last year, veteran long distance runner Moses Tarakinyu won the 21km race crossing the finishing line in 1 hour four minutes and 41 seconds. Tendai Zimuto who managed a second place finish was four seconds behind Tarakinyu with a time 1 hour four minutes and 46 seconds. It was a tightly contested race between the two athletes.

Annie Chirisa won the women’s 21 km race. She finished with a time of 1 hour 21 minutes and 45 seconds. Chiedza Chokore finished in second position with a time of 1 hour 22 minutes and 32 seconds. Stella Jongwe came first in the women’s wheelchair 21km race finishing in 1 hour 32 seconds.

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