Two Coun­tries Marathon ex­pect­ing 20 Zim ath­letes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Thu­peyo Mu­leya in Beit­bridge

ABOUT 60 ath­letes are ex­pected to take part in the 12th edi­tion of the Two Coun­tries Marathon in­volv­ing Zim­babwe and South Africa be­tween Beit­bridge and Musina towns on Satur­day morn­ing.

The race starts in Beit­bridge and ends in Musina.

Race co­or­di­na­tor Nell Fer­reira yes­ter­day said the stage was set for the event and of the 60 ath­letes, 20 are Zim­bab­weans and the re­main­der South Africans.

Zim­bab­wean ath­letes have dom­i­nated the Two Coun­tries Marathon, with Nkosiyazi Sibanda of Blan­ket Mine win­ning the 42,2km race for the sixth time in a row last year.

Fer­reira said reg­is­tra­tion for the 21,1km, 10km and 5km races was still in progress and would close on Satur­day morn­ing.

En­tries for the main race had been closed to al­low or­gan­is­ers to at­tend to lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues that in­clude im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms’ pro­ce­dures.

“The 42,2km race will start at the Not­ting­ham turnoff, 10km out­side Beit­bridge town along the Bu­l­awayo road, and ends at Eric Louw High School in Musina.

“The other races will start and fin­ish at Eric Louw High School,” said Fer­reira.

He said the event was open to ath­letes from both Zim­babwe and South Africa with valid travel doc­u­ments.

Par­tic­i­pants also have to pay reg­is­tra­tion fees of R120 for the 42,2km race, R80 for the 21,1km, R50 for the 10km and R30 for the 5km.

“We for­ward suc­cess­ful year.

“A lot of ground work has been cov­ered in terms of the route mark­ings and bor­der lo­gis­tics.

“Ac­tu­ally we are build­ing on the suc­cesses of pre­vi­ous events and are hope­ful that we will stage a mem­o­rable event,” Fer­reira said.

The Two Coun­tries Marathon is jointly or­gan­ised by the Musina Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Beit­bridge Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil and the Beit­bridge Town Coun­cil as part of the twin­ning agree­ment signed in 1996. are look­ing to a very event this

Nkosiyazi Sibanda

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.