CBZ to hold in­au­gu­ral marathon

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Cloud Fusire Sports Re­porter

CBZ Hold­ings are set to hold their first ever marathon event later this month at the Old Geor­gians Sports Club.

The event, to be run un­der the theme “Run the Dis­tance”, is sched­uled for Jan­uary 27. Reg­is­tra­tion of the par­tic­i­pants opens on Jan­uary 18 and closes two days be­fore the race.

Ath­letes will bat­tle for supremacy in the 5km, 10km, 21.1km as well as the main 42.2km marathon with some prizes up for grabs. Above all, it will also act as a qual­i­fier for the pres­ti­gious Two Oceans Marathon and the Com­rades ul­tra-marathon to be held in South Africa later this year.

The bank’s Group Ex­ec­u­tive Mar­ket­ing and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Man­ager, Laura Gwatiringa, said the event is open for all cit­i­zens. “The race is open to all cit­i­zens in­clu­sive of pro­fes­sional run­ners as it is go­ing to be a qual­i­fier for both the 2019 edi­tion of the Old Mu­tual Two Oceans and the Com­rades Marathons.

“We have made pro­vi­sion for a to­tal of 1 000 par­tic­i­pants; there­fore, we are urg­ing our run­ners to regis­ter early to avoid dis­ap­point­ments. “How­ever, even if we sur­pass 1 000 par­tic­i­pants, it will be a mile­stone for our in­au­gu­ral marathon, so let us come in our num­bers to cheer on as our fam­ily mem­bers, part­ners, friends and fel­low cit­i­zens take on the CBZ marathon.

“We will be giv­ing out prizes and medals to all win­ners. We will an­nounce the prizes and spe­cific routes to be used in the event to the me­dia by Wed­nes­day next week,” said Gwatiringa.

CBZ are known to have in­volved them­selves in sport through their spon­sor­ship of foot­ball, cricket and rugby and they are now ven­tur­ing into marathon.

“Although we have sup­ported other sports like soc­cer, cricket, rugby, and darts in­ter alia; we had not yet started par­tic­i­pat­ing ac­tively in the marathon space hence our in­au­gu­ral marathon that has already started to gen­er­ate a lot of in­ter­est and en­thu­si­asm given the levels and num­bers of en­quiries we are get­ting through our var­i­ous touch points,’’ said Gwatiringa. CBZ Safety, Health and Well­ness Man­ager, Fe­nia Ku­peta, en­cour­aged the peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the event say­ing it pro­motes good health and well­ness, in line with the Gov­ern­ment’’s policy on health and well­ness cam­paign.

“It is very im­por­tant for fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als to take part in such an event be­cause it ben­e­fits them pos­i­tively, as it is proven that peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in phys­i­cal ex­er­cises such as run­ning will have higher levels of pro­duc­tiv­ity es­pe­cially at work and lower levels of stress,” said Ku­peta.

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