The annual athletics ensemble, the Tanganda Half Marathon is being held today (30 June 2019) in Mutare. The event that has always been a major athletics highlight has always lived according to its billing. Athletes have been drawn from around the province of Manicaland and even beyond. Athletes from other Provinces have also been well represented with athletes from as far as Masvingo, Harare, Bulawayo and Mash Central giving their try in the always lucrative Marathon.
Athletes are participating in the 21, 10 and 5km road races. Athletes are drawn from in-school and out-of-school athletes drawn from different communities and community clubs. A notable development is the presence of primary school going marathon enthusiasts who participate in the catch them Young 5km road race.
More than 2 000 athletes are battling it out for glory as they participate in this year’s edition of the Tanganda Half Marathon. Mutare Sports Club is the point of assembly and also acts as the finish point. The 10km race starts at the National Tyre Services entrance and ends at Mutare Sports Club. As for the 21km, it Starts at Gombakomba Turnoff finishing at Mutare Sports Club.
We caught up with athletes based at two schools, Mapako and Nyatate High Schools from Nyanga District who were flanked by their trainers Mr. Hector Kabunu and Mufambanhando. Also accompanying the in-school athletes were the School Heads Mr. Guidance Bore and Mrs. Musiwenyama. The two concurred that there was beed for sponsorship for such initiatives as parents and school support was used in bringing athletes for such events.
The in-school athletes did not disappoint. In the Boys category Sharamba Clerick came 2nd while Chihwai Richard was 5th
In the Girls category, Tadiwanashe Ruziwa came 3rd.
The 2019 Tanganda Half Marathon meet lived up to expectation as more than 2000 athletes took part.
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