NDF athletes ready themselves for Sam Nujoma marathon

WINDHOEK: Namibian Defence Force (NDF) athletes are gearing up for the annual Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon, which will be held in Swakopmund this year.

The annual event, which has been in existence since 2011, usually sees local and international long distance runners go up against each other in Windhoek, but this year the event moves to the coastal town of Swakopmund on 16 May.

In the 2014 edition, NDF athletes Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa won in the men’s category, while Lavinia Haitope won in the women’s category.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, NDF athletes team captain Frans Hosea said the team is well prepared for the 21,1 kilometre (km) marathon because they do not want to lose the title they won at the Doc Jubber Hockey Fields in Olympia last year.

“We have two teams – one for the ladies and the other for men. All the athletes are fit and looking forward to competing against other athletes who will be coming from all over the world,” said Hosea.

He added that the team has been training hard since the beginning of the year because they do not want to lose any of the titles they won at various events last year.

“Last year our athletes won all the races they participated in, and we are now busy training every day because if we become complacent other athletes will take our titles. We want to be at the top and defend whatever title we won,” he said.

During the Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon in Swakopmund, athletes will compete in a 21,1km and 10km marathon.

There will also be 5km; 2,5km and 10,5km relays for children.