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The 29th Rössing National Marathon In Swakopmund

Roadrunners gear up for Rossing Marathon. Image: NAMPA
SWAKOPMUND-- The 29th Rössing National Marathon takes place at Swakopmund on Saturday, 8 February 2020 from 7:00AM – 1:00PM. The popular event will consist of four races: the 42km national marathon; Frank Slabbert half-marathon (21km); 10km run; uranium relay; and a 5km fun walk in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia.

The marathon and half marathon start at 07h00 from the Pro-Ed Akademie sports fields in Ocean View, with the 10km run and relay races getting underway 30 minutes later. The focus will then turn to the Rössing 5 km fun walk which doubles up as an awareness drive for the fight against cancer and is always one of the popular items on the programme for young and old.

The walk starts at 09h00. Given that it is a fun walk, the participants stand a chance to win various prizes, ranging from best themed/most original costume; funniest hat; youngest walker (excluding toddlers in prams and pets); to oldest walker; tallest walker and the cutest pet walker. Registration, at N$10 per walker, for the fun walk can be done at the venue on Friday between 18h00 and 20h00 and again on Saturday from 08h00 to 09h00.

Meanwhile, the longer distance runners are gearing up for the very popular 10 km run, the Frank Slabbert half-marathon and the full marathon, which have become popular events on the Namibian athletics circuit. In the day's main event, the first prize for the marathon winners is N$10 000 in the open category. The cash prize for male and female runners finishing second is N$5 000; third place is worth N$2 000; fourth N$1 000; and fifth earns you N$500.

An extra N$1 000 cash bonus is up for grabs should the marathon record be improved; the current best time is two hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds set by the great Luketz Swartbooi in 1992. First prize for the half-marathon winners is N$3 000 for both sexes in the open category. Registration for the two longer distance events closes on today. Entry forms are available at www.rossing.com.

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