ORGANISERS of the rebranded Choppies 10km race to be held on Sunday have poured in R100 000 in this year’s competition.
Choppies purchasing manager Stanford Mazura yesterday said they were expecting athletes from all corners of the country to register for Bulawayo’s last race of the year.
“We invite all Zimbabwean athletes to come and join us in this race as we will be witnessing its 15th anniversary. Nothing has changed, serve for the name of the race, so we expect a good turnout of athletes and the Bulawayo community to what looks like the last racing event for the City of Kings and Queens,” Mazura said.
Registration is now open for the race and Bulawayo Athletics Board chairperson Manuel Mpofu said interested athletes can register at any of the Choppies shops.
“Registration is now on so athletes could now register at any Choppies shop. Senior athletes registration is $5 while juniors will pay $3.
“On Saturday we are going to have our final registration at Choppies Raj in Nkulumane where we are also going to give athletes their bib numbers. Everything is now set for the race and we are expecting a good turnout,” Mpofu said.
Winners in the seniors in both men and women’s categories will walk away with R5 000 each. Runners-up will pocket R3 000, second runners-up will get R1 500 while fourth-placed athletes will win R500 each.
In the juniors and wheelchair categories both men and women winners will walk away R1 500 richer. Runners-up will grab
R1 000 while second runners-up will get R750 each.
Rutendo Nyahora will be eyeing a third successive win in the women’s category.
In last year’s edition she finished the race in 31mins 10secs, breaking her 2011 time of 32mins 41secs.
Wirimai Juwawo who won the Old Mutual 10km race last month, will be also hoping to retain his title as he won last year’s senior men’s category in a time of 27mins 24secs also beating the 2011 record of 27mins 33,36secs set by Luwis Masunda.