AFRICA plays host to some of the most “must do” marathons from the Comrades Marathon in South Africa to the Kilimanjaro Marathon in Tanzania.
Back home, the much anticipated Econet Victoria Falls Marathon — albeit almost months away — is proving to be a crowd puller by any standards judging by the overwhelming response from international and regional participants.
With a to-die-for ambiance, the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic Victoria Falls, the 2019 marathon is a combination of both fun and hard work put together into a one-day athletics event.
And numbers don’t lie.
More than 500 online entries have so far been received for the 2019 edition of the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon. Yet the event is only pencilled for 7 July with the deadline for entries set for 14 June.
“To date, we have received 520 entries. However, we have limited the number of participants across all the races because last year we reached capacity especially on the half marathon,” said the organisers’ representative Brent Williams.
The full marathon — a 42,2 kilometre route — has been limited to 800 participants.
For the 21-kilometre half marathon, the maximum entries will be 1 850 while the 7,5 kilometre fun run will be limited to 1 000 participants.
For Zimbabwean citizens only, the organisers will withhold a total of 100 full marathon entries, 500 half marathon and 400 fun run entries, which will be made available on 1 June when mobile payment options are re-opened.
Tailor-made packages for international and regional participants that include rafting, canoeing, boat cruising, game viewing and bungee jumps have been put together and these activities are proving to be a hit.