Armas, Kuugongelwa Win Victory Race

Namibian Defence Force (NDF) athletes Alina Armas and Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa dominated the 2015 Old Mutual Victory Race in Keetmanshoop over the weekend.

A total of 858 participants took part, including those living with disabilities.

Armas completed the 21km race in a time of one hour, 18 minutes and 37 seconds to win the women’s category of the senior category, while Kuugongelwa completed it in 1:08:12 to win the men’s category.

“Enthusiastic athletes from all over the country arrived geared up to compete in the much-anticipated southern leg of this much-loved race series,” Kahivere said.

Meanwhile, Sieglinde Gontes was the female winner of the veterans’ category with a time of 01:47:22, while Oscar Komeya was the male winner, finishing the race in 01:11:26.

In the junior category Shekupe Gustaf finished the race in a time of 01:38:22 to win the first position, while Joel Angula finished in 01:15:31.

According to Old Mutual representative Revonia Kahivere, winners in the 21km race win prize money of N$1 700.

She said Old Mutual is committed to being a responsible business concerned about the well-being of customers, and the responsibility it has to the communities within which it operates.

“We commit to continue doing great things to help communities and look forward to the future which will see the Old Mutual Foundation increase the reach and impact of our investments in communities,” she said.

Kahivere said an investment of N$750 000 has been made this year to ensure the Old Mutual Victory Race takes place.

She noted that monetary contributions from different businesses have made this year’s series open up the opportunity for more schools to compete in different categories, and to overall encourage greater participation to increase community spirit and support.

The next race is set to take place in Swakopmund on 27 June at the Swakopmund Athletics Stadium.

The four major races that make up the event take place in Keetmanshoop (6 June) Swakopmund on 27 June Oshakati on 11 July and in Windhoek on 1 August.

Entry forms are available on the Old Mutual website and at schools.

The due date for entries will be the day before each race, and no entries will be accepted on the day of the race. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian