Windhoek — Stalwart politician Mathias Kanana Hishoono has urged local long distance runners to come out in large numbers and line up for the 8th edition of the annual Gabriel Shokonawa marathon this year.
The veteran politician, who is also the political advisor to President Hifikepunye Pohamba, was speaking during the handover of an assortment of sports equipment and other accessories donated by Otb Sport at State House yesterday.
Hishoono will be the guest of honour and will pull the trigger to set off the marathon when the annual event gets underway on December 22.
"It's my sincere wish that the top athletes from all corners of our country will come out in big numbers for this historic marathon. I would also like to invite long distance runners from neighbouring Angola to come and be part of this very important event in the history of local sport."
The annual marathon consists of a full marathon and half marathon to be complemented by a 10km and 5km race for junior athletes and schools.
There will be lucrative prizes at stake with the overall winners in both the men and women's marathon guaranteed to walk away with N$1 500 each, while 2nd and 3rd place winners will each become the proud recipients of N$1 000 and N$500 each for their troubles. All winners up to the 3rd place finishers in other categories will also receive cash prizes, including trophies and medals.
The race starts at the Indangungu village near Ondangwa at 06h00 and winds its way through the town before heading to Oshikango for conclusion at the Chula Chula Entertainment Centre. Cut-off time is set for 09h30. The official launch will be conducted at O Save Mini Market at the Helao Nafidi town on Saturday.