Organisers laud successful coastal marathon

Organisers of the 2019 Hangana Hake Run and Ride says the event on Saturday morning at the coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund was a success.

Speaking to Nampa after the marathon and cycling events, head of the organising committee Francois van der Merwe said they everything had gone well as no accident was reported during the day.

The event was successful in general as we had no incident or accident, except for one discrepancy I the 21-kilometre marathon race which we will sort out. In general, we got excellent feedback from everyone so far, he said.

He added that they were already looking forward to next year's competition as the race continues to grow each year.

The traffic departments of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, together with the Namibian Police did a fantastic job in making sure that everyone was safe. The 150 volunteers also did a great job in their various capacities, so we are looking forward to engaging them again next year, he continued.

Van der Merwe said they had attracted competitors from as far as Holland, Germany, Texas in the United States of America and a large contingent of South African running clubs, with locals being the dominant number.

We had planned for 1 000 participants, but we registered 1 400, with 1 025 of those crossing the winning line. We definitely would like to see more athletes competing next year, Van der Merwe added.

He paid tribute to co-sponsor Nedbank for coming on board saying they are looking forward to a longer relationship while adding that other corporates are welcome on board.

This is the third year since Hangana Seafood took over the sponsorship of the event which was previously known as the Lucky Star Marathon.

The athletes competed in marathon events include a 42, 2 kilometre (km) race, a 21, 1 km half marathon, and a 10 km fun run.

The cycling events include a 92km road race, a 21km fat bike and 21km mountain bike race and a 5km kiddies' race.

Prize monies for all the events ranged from N.dollars 500 to N.dollars 4 000 and are co-sponsored by Nedbank Namibia.

The 42.02 km marathon serves as an official qualifier for the renowned Two Oceans and Comrades marathons in South Africa, whereas the 90 km road cycling race is a Namibian Cycling Federation sanctioned event.

Source: Namibia Press Agency