Beitbridge set for inaugural Mayora��s Half Marathon

Raymond Jaravaza
BEITBRIDGE Town will for the first time be the venue of the inaugural Mayora��s Half Marathon set for the border town on 30 July.

A brainchild of the Beitbridge Town Council in conjunction with the Beitbridge Athletics Club, the Mayora��s Half Marathon was mooted to raise awareness among the public on littering.

Beitbridge Town Council secretary Loud Ramakgapola explained: a�?With the large number of travellers that pass through the town on a daily basis littering has become a major problem that we are facing as the Beitbridge Town Council.

a�?We decided to host the first ever Mayora��s Half Marathon to conscientise the public on littering. The marathon will be divided into a 20 and 10 kilometre race as well as a five kilometre fun race that is open to veterans and our elderly citizens,a�? said Ramakgapola.

The prize packages for the winners would be announced in due course as the organisers were still in talks with a number of potential sponsors.

Meanwhile, Millen Mithende is the new champion of the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon that was held in the resort town last Sunday after finishing the 42 kilometre race in two hours 19 minutes and one second to pocket $900.

In the womena��s category Thabitha Tsatsa of Powerhouse Athletics Club in Harare defended her title after crossing the finishing line in 2 hours 50 minutes and also took home $900.

A nine-year-old boy Obey Makamu of Samathonga Primary School in Emganwini, Bulawayo stole the show in the 21 kilometre half marathon which he completed in one hour 13 minutes and 59 seconds to finish in the top 20.