Great Turnout At Kick Out Cancer Festival

Road running in Tsumeb saw a great revival over the weekend with the hosting of the “Kick out Cancer ” Fitness amp Fun Festival.

The event, which benefitted CHICA (Children with Cancer in Namibia) included the Copper 21km Half Marathon and the 10km Run – both winding along the roads around Tsumeb, as well as the 5km Runwalk run and finished off with the Lions Bosses Fun Run.

There was a fantastic turnout of locals dressed in pink, to show support for the cancer awareness campaign, with top athletes from Namibia’s National Defence Force marathon team, setting course records for years to come in both the men and women’s categories.

Simon Shipingana of the NDF team won the men’s 21km race in 1:08:39, followed by team mates Paulus Iyambo and Frans Hosea, while Helena Iipinge of the NDF won the women’s 21km race in 1:22:25, followed by team mate Ottilie Aimwata. Johannes Gawaxamab of Team Power Line Africa won the veteran men’s 21km race.

Some of the local businesses in Tsumeb also entered some of their staff members, with three local employees, finishing in the top three of the men’s 10km race. The first three entrants within the various business teams received a bicycle from the organisers, Multisport Africa Bicycles for Humanity Project.

Hans Nolte, the managing director of Dundee Precious Metals, set an excellent example by entering the 10km race and finishing sixth overall, while he was also the first veteran male to cross the finish line. The Dundee water table also won first prize for the best water table as voted by participants.

The main strategy around the event was to bring the community together to promote a healthy lifestyle for local sports enthusiasts, of all ages and fitness levels, and to provide a platform for businesses to encourage sports participation and team building for their employees.

Event Organiser Nigel Reynolds of Multisport Africa Namibia,said they planned more events in the future.

“We have a plan to roll out a series of 10km and 5km challenges in the future, which will be a feeder to the marathon on a regional and national level. With the likes of Dundee Precious Metals, B2Gold, Ohorongo Cement and Wetherleys in the region there is no reason why we cannot collectively revive sport in the region and build healthy and productive communities,” he said.

Reynolds thanked the sponsors, Dundee Precious Metals, Rubicon, Kupfer Quelle Resort, Securitas, Spar Tsumeb and Tsumeb Municipality’s Copper Festival Committee, and in particular Andre Strewig, who contributed to bringing Namibia’s top athletes to compete in the half marathon.

Source : The Namibian