IT’S back to the terrain of the eastern border city of Mutare!
After a two-year Covid-19 induced interruption, the Taganda Half Marathon makes a return with 1 000 middle and long-distance runners expected to compete for the prestigious prize on Sunday.
Registration of the race, whose history can be traced to the late 1980s, is pegged at ZWL$5 000 and is being done online.
Foreign athletes, including the highly rated Kenyans, who are expected to take part in this prestigious event have been inquiring about the event.
Farai Garayi, the Tanganda Tea Company Operations Manager said the marathon’s objectives were to appreciate consumers of their brand at the same time promoting sport.
“Tanganda tea is a cultural brand and this marathon presents the brand with an opportunity to interact with the community, bringing them together while at the same time appreciating the support the brand (Tanganda tea) gets from the same community by promoting talent.
By awarding prizes, we will be appreciating consumers of our brand and at the same time promoting talent.
We want to promote sport, fitness and fun.
The race itself is a test of endurance, it promotes fitness.
The climatic conditions and the undulating mountainous terrain in Mutare are the perfect place for such a marathon,” said Garayi.
The half-marathon was held yearly until 2002 when it then took a sabbatical and came back in 2012.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the half-marathon was not held in 2020 and 2021.
It was revealed that the starting point for all race categories is at Mutare Sports Club and all race categories will finish at the Mutare Sports Club.
In 2019, Misheck Sithole who took part in the race under Mr Pace Athletics Club, navigated the strenuous uphill run to win in a record of 1 hour 6 minutes.
It was his second Tanganda Half Marathon top accolade after grabbing gold in 2017.
Ngonidzashe Ncube was second in 1 hour 6 minutes 31 seconds while 2018
champion Cannicious Nyamutsita finished eighth.