THE first ever Highlanders Half Marathon which had been scheduled for Saturday in Bulawayo has been cancelled and moved to a yet-to-be confirmed date, an official has said.
Seven months after the formation of Highlanders Athletics Club, the new athletics entity had planned to hold its inaugural race in conjunction with the Bulawayo Athletics Board.
a�?We regret to announce that we have postponed the Highlanders Half Marathon that had been scheduled to take place on 1 September 2018. This has been necessitated by logistical challenges that we had anticipated would be in place by the time the race takes place.
a�?After consultations with the Bulawayo Athletics Board, we decided to move to a yet-to-be confirmed date. We will continue to make efforts to ensure that the race happens as soon as possible,a�? said interim Highlanders Athletics Club chairman Lofty Phiri.
The organisers of the postponed event had planned to have 5km, 10km and 21km (half-marathon) races with registration pegged at $5 per participant.
The idea of forming Highlanders Athletics Club earlier this year was inspired by former Highlanders Football Club goalkeeper, Sidney Zimunya who took up long distance running after hanging up his gloves.
Zimunya has taken part in various local and regional marathons outside the country.
A group of former Highlanders Football Club players then decided to form an athletics club affiliated to Bosso.
Highlanders is one of the few sporting institutions in the country that house different sporting disciplines such as rugby, darts, football, basketball, volleyball and netball.