Twalumba Holdings, who also sponsor Premier Soccer League side Black Mambas, is pouring in a cool R500 000 for the staging of the event. It will be the most lucrative half-marathon in the country.
Nkululeko Sibanda, the group chairman, said besides promoting youth development through sport, the Binga Peace Half-Marathon also seeks to bring the remote district in touch with the rest of the country.
The town of Binga is hardly known to those who are still to visit it. A lot of wrong beliefs are held about Binga, that people here dont wear clothes, they have extra fingers and they are scared of vehicles,” said Sibanda. This marathon is one small way of correcting those misconceptions. The course runs through the major places in Binga allowing participants and followers a picturesque glimpse of what this unique place has to offer.
Prizes for the competition include cash, school fees vouchers, textbooks, food hampers and T-shirts.
The first prize is worth R10 000 cash, which will be doubled if the winner comes from the locality, while there will be separate prizes for members of the uniformed forces, the disabled and schoolchildren.
The half-marathon will also enjoy the participation of local traditional leaders with a certain amount of cash being set aside for the chief of the area from which the overall winner hails.Post published in: Athletics