IT’S all systems go for the Tanganda Tea 21 km half marathon race.
Athletes from all corners of the country are expected to converge on the Eastern border city of Mutare on Sunday for the epic race that has seen its sponsorship package increased.
The sponsorship package has been increased from US$8 000 to US$10 000. The sponsors have also invited tertiary institutions around the country to participate in their own 10km race in one of the few changes.
To add an icing on the cake for the main event ( 21km race), the first prize is going to receive an additional prize money if he or she manages to beat the record of last year winners.
Last year event was won by Olympians Sharon Tawengwa and Wirimayi Juwawo respectively and they both received $ 500 cash each.Tawengwa was first on the ribbon with a time of 1hr 18min 09sec while her counterpart Juwawo registered a time off 1hr 02min 43sec.
Interestingly both athletes will not participate at this year’s event as they are nursing injuries.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday Tanganda operations manager Farai Garai confirmed the development saying that they are bracing for the competition.
The Manicaland Athletics board chairman Joshua Matume said they have already finished all the logistics of the event.