The Sunday News
Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
THE fifth edition of the Liquor Hub 10km Fun Run is likely to see an increase in the number of athletes to over 400 with 150 runners having already registered for the race.
Liquor Hub representative, Stanford Mazura said they were anticipating a huge field following the interest shown by athletes so far for the race scheduled for next Sunday. Runners usually wait for the last-minute rush but the early registrations indicate a high number of participants.
“Preparations are going on well for the race and we are glad we have seen over 150 athletes coming in to register at this stage. Registration has started at Wholesale Centre Groceries and Liquor Hub and we are expecting more athletes coming forward this week to register,” he said.
The race is sponsored by Liquor Hub owner Raj Modi, who is also the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce and MP for Bulawayo South.
The winner of both the men and women’s races are set to walk away with R5 000, while second-placed athletes will get R3 000 and those coming in third will get R2 000.
In the juniors’ category the winners will get R1 500, R1 000 for second prize and R500 for third place. In the wheelchair section the first prize is pegged at R2 000 and those coming in second get R1 500.
There are also prizes for the youngest male and female athletes, with R200 to be given to the first young athletes to cross the finish line and R150 for the second.
Chitungwiza-based Canisious Nyamutsita won last year’s race, crossing the finish line in 29 minutes 34,48 seconds, the record for the competition since it started in 2015 while Patience Garuziva of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services emerged victorious in the women’s race in 2018.
Last year, 300 athletes took part in the Liquor Hub Fun Road Race.