Fourth Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon Launched

The fourth edition of the inaugural Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon was launched in Windhoek on Tuesday during a media briefing held at the Namibia Sports Commission offices.

The lucrative event which will take place on Sunday, 8 June, has become one of the most sought after events on the road running calendar.

The winning male and female athlete will each receive N$10 000, while the event will also serve as the official Half Marathon National Championships, and will include a schools relay for four members as well as a two-member 10,5km relay.

MTC, the anchor sponsor, has once again committed its support to the event by sponsoring N$150 000 in cash and N$20 000 in kind sponsorship. Coca Cola Namibia Bottling Company also recommitted their sponsorship as the official drink partner.

“Athletics Namibia is honoured to be hosting the fourth Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon for the second time after we took over the organising of the event from the Namibia Sport Commission two years ago,” said Mirinda Subes, finance chairperson from Athletics Namibia.

“We are proud to announce that most of the sponsorship will go directly towards the athletes in the form of prize money,” she added.

Joseph Mundjindi of MTC said they were pleased to be associated with the event.

“We are very pleased to be associated with this noble cause in honour of the Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma, as it bears testimony to his statement that ‘through sport and culture, we can articulate a process of healthy living, but also reconciliation as sport transcends all barriers and impediments,” he said.

“The creation of a relationship between sports and a corporate brand should be beneficial to the country and not only the corporate alone. That is why we at MTC never hesitate to avail our limited funds to sport codes with a reputable image, because we believe in developing sport in this country and we dare other corporates to join us and put sports funding development at the centre of their operations,” he added.

A new route will be measured for this year’s edition which will start and finish at the Doc Jubber hockey fields in Olympia.

“We have opted to re-design the route so that we take the safety of the our athletes into consideration,” said event organiser Essie Herbst of Windhoek Harriers, who added that Bokomo will sponsor a pasta meal for the athletes at registration the day before the event.

Herbst called on athletes to pre-enter for the event before 7 June, so that their registration can be processed before the pasta meal allocations.

There will be prize money available for a variety of categories ranging from 21km to 10,5km, while the top male and female 21km athletes will receive N$10 000, N$8 000 and N$7 000 respectively.

Source : The Namibian