Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Hefty Prizes Await Kilimanjaro Marathon Winners

WINNERS of the Kilimanjaro Marathon 2013 will be rewarded with hefty prizes, organisers have announced.

George Kavishe, the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Brand Manager said "Kilimanjaro Premium Lager will once again recognise athletes by rewarding them considerably with good prize monies and other incentives."

He said the prize monies for first to third placed winners men/women in the 42.195km Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon will be to the tune of 20m/- with the first placed winner men/women taking home 3m/- each, 1.5m/- for second placed as well as 850,000/- for the third placed winners - an exciting incentive to attract top world class runners, encourage record breakers and better finishing times.

He added "Kilimanjaro Premium Lager's priority is to promote and encourage Tanzanian athletes. For that reason they have introduced a separate 6m/- prize purse for Tanzanian athletes who will finish first on both men and women categories of the 42km race with each one getting 3m/-.

"The amount will be given to Tanzanian athletes as a bonus and it will be on top of what winners will get for their respective positions. We believe that this will motivate Tanzanian athletes to enhance their performance and finish with good times," he said.

John Addison, the Managing Director of Wild Frontiers, organisers of the event said the Half Marathon first placed winner men/women will get 1.5m/- each, 750,000/- for second placed as well as 375,000/- for the third placed winners. Winners of the Half Marathon for People with Disabilities, which is sponsored by GAPCO, will also receive hefty prizes.

The race will have three categories which include wheelchair, hand cycle and other disabilities with each category's winners receiving 300,000/- for first place, 150,000/- for second and 50,000/- for third place winners.

Runners who will take part in the Vodacom 5km Fun Run will be given t-shirts at the finish line and they will have an opportunity to win a lot of exciting spot prizes as well through lucky draws.

Executive Solutions are local coordinators of the event while Cosponsors 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).

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