De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Pangiso, Nya­hora line up for Liquor Hub 10km fun run

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

DE­FEND­ING cham­pi­ons of the Liquor Hub 10km Fun Run, Kelvin Pangiso and Ru­tendo Nya­hora head­line a list of Zim­babwe’s top ath­letes who will com­pete at the sec­ond edi­tion of the race on Sun­day.

Nya­hora won the in­au­gu­ral Liquor Hub 10KM Fun Run in 34 min­utes 54.23 sec­onds, while Pangiso tri­umphed in the men’s cat­e­gory, cross­ing the line in 30 min­utes 36.40 sec­onds.

Nya­hora beat a strong field that in­cluded runner-up Con­stance Nyasango, who fin­ished in 36 min 48.02s, Yvette Maka­mure (42 min 50.58s) and Lin­net Tomu (46 min 33.86s).

Pangiso beat Tendai Zimuto (30 min 50.06s) in a tightly con­tested race.

Manuel Mpofu, the Bu­l­awayo Ath­let­ics Board (BAB) chair­man said 10 top ath­letes – Nya­hora, Pangiso, Jonathan Chinyoka, Pa­tience Murove, Welling­ton Varevi, Nkosiyazi Sibanda, Trust Chido­maya, Con­stance Nyasango, Faith Nyasango and Ja­cob Mu­gomeri — have con­firmed that they are com­ing to Bu­l­awayo for the race spon­sored to the tune of $10 000.

Mpofu said registration closes to­mor­row af­ter­noon at the Liquor Hub which is along Fife Street, be­tween Fourth and Fifth Av­enues. Registration fees have been set at $5 for se­niors and $2 for the ju­niors.

“Registration has been slow but this is typ­i­cal of ev­ery race be­cause most ath­letes pre­fer to reg­is­ter on the last day.

“How­ever, on a good note, we’ve got 10 top ath­letes who have told us that they’re com­ing and will be in Bu­l­awayo on Satur­day be­fore registration closes. So, it will be a good field made up of ex­pe­ri­enced and up and com­ing ath­letes,” said Mpofu.

Over 400 peo­ple reg­is­tered for last year’s race, with a bulk of that num­ber be­ing health en­thu­si­asts who were com­pet­ing for char­ity.

The bulk of the spon­sor­ship pack­age will be do­nated to char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, with the top three in the se­nior men and women’s races each get­ting $500, $300 and $200.

The ju­nior men’s and women’s first prize is $150, run­ners-up $100 and third-placed $50.

Wheel­chair race win­ners in both the men’s and women’s cat­e­gories will get $200 and run­ners-up $150.There are no prizes for the mas­ters and grand­mas­ters’ cat­e­gories.

Mpofu said the race will start at Liquor Hub along Fife Street, be­tween 4th and 5th Av­enues. Ath­letes will run east along 4th Av­enue past the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Academy to the Hindu Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Khu­malo. Par­tic­i­pants will race back into town us­ing the same route. — @Zililo

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