An array of the country’s top marathon runners will be on parade in the third edition of the Old Mutual Westgate Half Marathon which takes centre stage this morning.
By Michael Kariati
The country’s top runners that include Cuthbert Nyasango and Wirimai Juwao, who holds the course record of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 70 seconds, will be available.
Juwao could not defend his title last year and it went to Kelvin Pangiso who had finished second the previous year.
Pangiso will be there to defend his title, as will Juwao, Nyasango, Lewis Masunda, Edmore Sibanda, and Jonathan Chinyoka, giving the race a star-studded cast.
Not to be outdone is the female contingent of defending champions Constance Nyasango as well as Faith Nyasango, and Sharon Tawengwa.
Rutendo Nyahora, who won the competition in 2012 with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 38 seconds, will also be in the fray, coming all the way from South Africa where she is based.
Thabita Tsatsa, and the seasoned Samukeliso Moyo will also be on the road to battle for the high stakes on offer.
The attraction will be the financial rewards on offer where the winners are guaranteed US$3 000 with runners up pocketing US$1 500 and US$1 000.
Theses prizes compete favourably with some of the highest paying marathon contests on the continent.