FIREWORKS are expected at this year’s Tanganda Tea half marathon after organisers pledged to increase the purse ahead of the race slated for next month in Mutare.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
The race has been set for July 18 and it was sponsored to the tune of $15 000 last year.
In an interview with Standardsport, Manicaland Athletics board chairman Joshua Matume said preparations for the race were now at an advanced stage.
“We have started preparations for the Tanganda Tea 21km half marathon race. We are updating our officials on new technical developments and we have already started grooming technical officials,” he said.
“So far, the response is overwhelming and many athletes are showing an interest in taking part in the tournament.
“The other reason I am happy is that organisers of this year’s event have promised to increase the total sponsorship package and they indicated they are still working on it as they are yet to disclose the total package”.
Last year Masvingo-based athlete Elijah Mabhunu won the 21km main category, while Constance Nyasango won the female race.
Mabhunu romped home in 1hr 6min 34sec, while Nyasango hit the ribbon in 1hr 18min 26sec.
Meanwhile, Matume said they have started selecting athletes who are going to represent the province at the upcoming 13th edition of the National Youth games that will be hosted by the Manicaland province in August.