$3,000 for half marathon winners

Winners of the 2013 Old Mutual Westgate half marathon will take home a cool $3 000 according to the sponsors of the race. Spokesperson Grace Mukahanana said the sponsors had put up a total prize money of $25,000, making it the highest sponsored athletics event on the Zimbabwean sports calendar.

Mukahanana said the prizes will be the same for both men and women, adding that the decision to increase the winners’ prizes was aimed at making the marathon bigger and better each year.

The event is expected to attract over 3,000 participants, including the the likes of Wirimayi Juwao and Cuthbert Nyasango, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Juwao is the defending champion after winning the race with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 70 seconds while Kelvin Pangiso and Edmore Sibanda took the two remaining top places.

South Africa based Rutendo Nyahora won the women’s section ahead of training partner Sharon Tawengwa and Faith Nyasango.

In addition to the regular 21 kilometre race, there are other categories ranging from five to 10 kilometre races as well as for the disabled, veterans and school children, though these have less prize money compared to the annual and standard 21 kilometre race.

The Westgate half marathon comes two weeks after the Vumba Mountain race also sponsored by the same company.

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