PRESS STATEMENT: NRZ INAUGURAL MARATHON
NRZ INAUGURAL MARATHON
The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) attracted a strong field of close to 100 professional athletes and several enthusiastic runners in its inaugural NRZ Rail-Trail Charity Half Marathon 2018.
The marathon was held on Saturday 3 November 2018 starting and ending at the Raylton Recreational Club in Bulawayo from 0600hours to 1030 hours.
The race was in four formats: 21km, 10km, 5km and 1km fun walk with both men and women taking part.
Among the race’s categories included the wheelchair athletes and juniors.
NRZ Rail-Trail Annual Half Marathon was held for charity organisations, community development as well as celebrating the arrival of the first train in the country’s shores on 4 November 1897.
The winner of the 21km race walked away with $2000 while first runner-up went away with $1000 and second runner- up $500 in both the men’s and women’s categories.
In the 21km wheel chair race, the winner walked away with $200 while first runner-up got $150 and second runner-up $100 for both men and women.
The champion in the 10km juniors’ race received $150, second runner-up $100, third, $75, fourth $50 and fifth $25.
In the 5km category the winners received six first class tickets each to Victoria Falls while the first runner-up got four first class tickets and second runner-up two first class tickets.
The NRZ is satisfied with its inaugural event and hope to build on that going into the future runs.
The NRZ is happy to note that school children took an active interest in the marathon, with some as young as nine years taking part.
One school, Revuly Secondary School, came all the way from Masvingo to take part.
The inaugural run tapped athletes from as far as Harare, Bindura, Ruwa, Masvingo, Mutare and the Matabeleland region.
Proceeds from the Marathon will be channelled towards assisting charity organisations and community development.
NRZ would like to pay homage to all those who participated and made the marathon a success among them, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB), the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and a host of athletics clubs from across the breadth and length of the country.
21km (Senior Men)
|Zimuto Tendayi||Black Rhinos||1||1.05.16|
|Hove Tatenda||Black Rhinos||2||1.05.46.84|
|Verevi Wellington||Black Rhinos||3||1.05.11.87|
21km Senior Women
|Mhonderwa Rudo||Power House||1||220.127.116.11|
|Lynnette Tom||ZRP Fairbridge||3||1.34.20|
21km Wheelchair Men
21km Wheelchair women
10km senior men
|Manzunzu Nyasha||Blanket mine||1||32.11.12|
|Daka Liberty||Super Stars||2||42.14.51|
10km Junior Women
|Nyathi Faith||City Meats||1||42.13.08|
10km Junior Men
|Chitara Author||Black Rhinos||3||32.11.12|
|Mhlophe Delsha||City Meats||2||27.42.52|
|Dube Neo||City Meats||3||29.05.59|
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER
6 November 2018.