Matopos marathon adopts electronic timing

Raymond Jaravaza .
THE PPC Matopos 33 Miler Marathon 2016 edition will for the first time since its inception four years ago have athletes electronically timed to keep its standards in tandem with world renowned showcases such as the Comrades and Boston Marathons.

All athletes participating in the Half and Full Marathons will be electronically timed to ensure that every participant gets their individual results – from the winners right down to the last person to cross the line a�� accurately recorded.

The move is meant to keep all records and time keeping impeccable as well as accurate.

The Matopos 33 Miler Marathon has been sponsored by PPC Zimbabwe since 2013 with this yeara��s edition scheduled for 3 April and is expected to be broadcast throughout the continent by subscription channel SuperSport as witnessed in the 2015 event.

The Marathon has grown in leaps and bounds with slightly over 300 participants in 2014, a figure that ballooned to over 500 last year while at least 1 000 participants are expected to grace this yeara��s edition.

The course of the Marathon which starts from the Matopo National Park has been measured and certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and also serves as a qualifying event for the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

The race ends at the Bulawayo Athletic Club.

According to PPC Zimbabwe managing director Kelibone Masiyane, the prize money for this year has been increased to $13 000.

a�?We have added an extra $3 000 to last yeara��s prize money of $10 000. This is testimony that the Matopos 33 Miler Marathon is growing in popularity as well as judging by the high number of participants expected for this edition,a�? said Masiyane.

As part of a PPC Zimbabwe Corporate Social Responsibility initiative the company will identify a school or clinic in Matopo District to develop.

a�?It is not just about sport but also about leaving a lasting legacy to Matopo community from which the race starts and to be a part of the development and uplifting of the area,a�? he said.

Hamilton High School in Bulawayo will also get a slice of the cake.

a�?We have also committed ourselves to partnering with Hamilton High School on certain developmental projects in recognition of their sterling efforts in the smooth operation of the

Marathon every year. Our Fun Run starts at Hamilton High School yearly. It is also an affirmation of our belief in education as one of the key tools in uplifting and developing the country,a�? added Masiyane.

Registration has been opened online and can also be done at the Bulawayo Athletic Club a day before the Marathon.

Last yeara��s winners were Lyno Machena in the mena��s category who clocked three hours 13 minutes 59 seconds while Lizzie Chikore crossed the line in three hours 52 minutes 22 seconds in the ladies category. Both walked away with $750 each.

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