ORGANISERS of the Kilimanjaro International Marathon have revealed that this year's race, which is scheduled for March 3, 2013 in Moshi town, will be run on the same route as last year.
The marathon route will start at the MUCCoBS Stadium and go down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar-Es-Salaam for approximately 8 to 9km, John Addison, the Managing Director of Wild Frontiers, organisers of the race, said in a statement.
"Runners will enjoy more on this section of the route as it is relatively flat, and there are plenty of wellwishers along the road. They turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, tracking down into the actual town itself before turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka," Addison said.
"The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly. The turnaround point marks approximately 32km and the last section is a fast downhill run back toward the stadium," he added.
He said regular water tables as well as "sponging points" and the odd "shower" will as always keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route. "The route passes through many small holder farms, villages, and parts of town, banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support."
Addison said, for those running the half marathon, the route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short section on the flat, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka as per the full marathon - before turning around at approx 10km to return to the stadium again.
Often, the atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, and crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer the runners, and lots of food and drink for sale. There will also be a 5km fun run sponsored by Vodacom.
"In order to make the route safe for runners, certain sections of the road will be closed on the morning of the race, but alternative routes around town are available for residents. "Moshi residents who intend to run as well as runners who will arrive early in Moshi they can start training on the route ahead of the race in order to acclimatize and be in good shape for the race", Addison said.
Executive Solutions are local coordinators of the event while Co-sponsors of the event include sponsors Vodacom Tanzania (5km Fun Run), GAPCO (Disabled Half Marathon), Tanga Cement, CFAO Motors, KK Security, Keys Hotel, TPC Sugar, TanzaniteOne, New Arusha Hotel, Kilimanjaro Water , FastJet and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).