By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor
OLYYMPIC hopefuls have hailed the launch of the Mashwede Marathon set for June 19 starting at Mashwede Village in Glen View, Harare.
The upcoming event has already excited athletes who have embraced more competitions ahead of Olympic qualifiers.
Zimbabwean athletes have generally suffered from lack of races on the local scene, hence their readiness to take part in the forthcoming race.
“This is a good move, we use these 10km marathons to build on speed for 21km and 42km races so this is very good it means we get to train and compete in a familiar environment as we try to qualify for the Olympics,” said Fortunate Chidzivo a long distance runner.
The sponsors of the race are happy to give youngsters a platform to launch their careers.
“We hope that this race will help our athletes to get more competition so that they can go and challenge in Africa especially challenge the Kenyans before we go onto the world,” said Alex Mashamhanda Mashwede Holdings CEO.
The race is the brainchild of former national long distance runner, Collin Makaza and will see athletes competing in 10km and 5km races, while the non-professionals partake in a fun run.
A children’s dash is also lined up.