Manuel Mpofu

All set for POSB Marathon race

Fungai Muderere
BULAWAYO ATHLETCS Board (BAB) in conjunction with Peoplea��s Own Savings Bank (POSB) will on Sunday hold an inaugural 15km road race at the Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC).

According to a communiquA�, the 15km road race will be supported by 10km and 5km fun runs, whose targets are health and fitness enthusiasts as well as up and coming primary and secondary school athletes.

a�?We are very much happy that we have entered into partnership with POSB. We are expecting to have a vast field of professional athletes. As their technical associates, we are also glad that we have come up with a good package,a�? said BAB chairperson Manuel Mpofu.

He added that registration had already opened and closes at 4 pm on Saturday at BAC so they get to come up with a starting line-up.

Athletes competing in the main 15km race will proceed along Matopos Road; pass Cresta Hotel and Four Winds shopping centre before making a U-turn at Judith Road to head back to BAC along the same path.

Prizes have been reserved for the 15km race. The winners of the open category will get $750, with the runners-up walking away with $500, while the third-placed runners in both men and womena��s 15km race will pocket $250.

The sponsors will reward the first and second athletes with identical $150 and $100 in the veterans, masters, grand masters and wheelchair categories.

To encourage participants to register, Mpofu said the first 700 participants to sign up for the races will be given branded T-shirts.

The 15km race will start at 6.30 am, the 10km at 7 am and the 5km event at 7.30 am.

The 5km participants will make a U-turn at the Munda Lodge signpost and return to BAC using the same route.

Those competing in the 10km race will proceed along Matopos Road and make a U-turn at the bus stop just after Cecil Avenue in Hillside.