2019 Navachab half-marathon launched

The sixth edition of the annual Navachab Gold Mine half-marathon was launched here on Tuesday with an improved sponsorship of N.dollars 112 000.

The half-marathon which was first competed for in 2014 is annually held in the rocky town of Karibib in Erongo region.

This year the race will be held on 14 September starting and finishing at the Usab Field in Karibib.

Athletes competing in the 21.097.5 kilometre (km) will have their times recorded by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after the race track was measured by the IAAF officials from South Africa earlier this year.

Speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday at the Namibia Sport Commission race director and Omaruru sports officer Berthold Karumendu said five years ago they started the race with just a few athletes but that number has increased over the years.

This year we are expecting to have 500 athletes competing at this event. We are so delighted that the race course has been measured and whatever record that will be set now will be the course record registered with the IAAF unlike in the past were athletes' records were not recorded because the course was not measured by IAAF, he said.

The current course record which is not recognised by the IAAF was set up by South African, Joel Mmone who crossed the line in a record time of one hour three minutes and one second (1:03:01) in 2017 while the woman's race was won by Namibian, Lavinia Haitope who won the race with 1:14:01 on the clock.

Karumendu further indicated that there are 'great' prizes up for grabs for the first, second and third placed in the various categories, which are junior (16-19 years); senior (20-39 years); veterans (40-49 years); and masters (50+ years).

Source: Namibia Press Agency