Hope Foun­tain race on

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

THE an­nual Hope Foun­tain 30km race and 7,5km fun walk takes place this morn­ing, with over 200 ath­letes ex­pected to take off at the Centenary Park.

Bul­wayo Ath­let­ics Board chair­man, Manuel Mpofu said all is set for the race whose pro­ceeds are do­nated to char­ity.

Last year’s win­ner in the men’s cat­e­gory, Millen Ma­tende will how­ever, not be part of the run­ners as he is in An­gola for a sport­ing event in­volv­ing the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army, which he is part of. Chiedza Chikore, who won in the se­nior women’s sec­tion last year, was still to regis­ter by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Mpofu said the prizes for the top three in the men and women’s events re­main the same with the first three ath­letes get­ting $300, $200 and $100 re­spec­tively.

The ju­nior men and women’s prizes for the first place are $150, run­ners up are $100 and for third place is $75.

In the wheel­chair sec­tion, the win­ners’ re­ward has been set at $200, with the run­ners up get­ting $150 and the prize for third place is $75.

The vet­er­ans, th­ese be­ing those aged 40-45, masters 50-59 and grand masters who are over 60 cat­e­gories will get $125 for gold, $85 for sil­ver and $65 for bronze.

“All is in place for the race, we are fi­nal­is­ing reg­is­tra­tion and we are look­ing at more ath­letes taking part this year. This is a char­ity event with pro­ceeds raised go­ing to the needy,” said Mpofu.

The main race starts at 6am at the Centenary Park with the fin­ish point be­ing at the Hill­side Dams while the 7,5 km fun walk start­ing at 6.30am.

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