The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) will on Saturday 3 November, 2018, hold the inaugural Rail Trail Annual Charity Half Marathon in Bulawayo. The marathon is set to become an annual feature on the Bulawayo athletics calendar and will coincide with the arrival of the first train in Bulawayo on 4 November 1897. The marathon will have four categories- the flagship 21km race, 10km, five kilometres and a one kilometre fun walk.
More than $8 500 has been set aside for prize money with the winner of the 21km race getting $2 000, the first runner up $1 000 and the second runner up $500. In the 21km wheelchair race, the winner will get $200, the runner up $150 and the second runner up $100. In the 10km race, prize money will be awarded to juniors only with the winner walking away with $150, the first runner up $100 and second runner up $75.
The prizes are applicable to both the men and women’s categories. The first NRZ employee to cross the finish line in the men and women’s categories of the 21km race will get $150. Proceeds of the marathon will be used to cater for charity organizations and community development. The marathon will be held under the theme For Charity, Community Development and a Healthy Zimbabwe.
NRZ is urging professional runners, amateurs, school children, keep fit enthusiasts and families to take part in this worthy cause. All races will start and end at the Raylton Recreation Club in Raylton, Bulawayo. Registration is $15 for seniors and $5 for juniors. Payment can be made in cash, Point of Sale (swipe) or Ecocash on Biller Code 128738.
Registration starts on Thursday 1 November 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018 from 0800hrs to 1800hrs.

Nyasha Maravanyika
Public Relations Manager.