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Tanzania:Two races to clash in Arusha
Published on 23-07-2016 - at 02:58' by Daily News

The newly revived Mount Meru International Marathon has been scheduled for next September, with the race still sticking to its 21 kilometres’ half-marathon as the ceiling for main event.

But the announced September 4 date may even cause the Mount Meru race to clash with the other running event, the Safari Marathon which of late has been an on and off affair, having skipped the last year schedule due to what the organisers described to be paving way for the 2015 country political campaigns and general election.

The Mount Meru Marathon’s organising secretary Alfred Nicolas said here that the aim of this year’s race is to promote tourism (which again seems to be the turf for Safari Marathon), to discover and promote new talents in athletics and encourage physical exercise through sports for the maintenance of people’s well-being. At least 3,000 participants are expected to run this year, based on previous experiences and that, the event will also attract over 10,000 spectators.

“We are ready to present prizes worth 2.5m/- to the winners and at the moment we have 1,000 medals to award winners and finishers,” said Nicolas in an official statement. The start and finishing points are yet to be announced; but usually the race would be flagged off from the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium and end up there.

Sometimes though, coordinators may decide to choose the central Clock- Tower junction as the starting point. There will only be two categories of the Mount Meru Marathon; the main event of 21 kilometres’ race and the 5 kilometres run which comes in two categories; children race and women runners, with the participants advised to register at the Mamboleo Digital event office or online at ‘mountmerumarathon. com’.

September, the month scheduled for Mount Meru Marathon, is also the same time that the other marathon the Safari Run is expected to resume this year, how the two athletic events will survive alongside each other is the bridge that needs to be crossed upon being reached.



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