ALL is set for the PPC Matopos 33-Miler ultra-marathon set for Sunday with a large field of athletes expected to compete for a share of the $20 000 prize money.
Some of the country’s top long and middle-distance athletes are expected to take part with the aim of breaking a 30-year record of three hours, three minutes and 18secs set by Tommy Lazarus.
Bulawayo Athletics Board secretary Dailes Bingadadi said everything was on course for the competition.
“We are expecting a large field of athletes for the race. People have started registering and depending on athletes that are going to compete, registration will end on Saturday (tomorrow) at the end of the day,” she said.
Bingadadi said a number of top athletes expressed interest in competing including Wirimai Zhuwawo, George Majaji, Nkosiyazi Sibanda and women’s defending champion Monica Kativhu.
Michael Ngaaseke is the men’s defending champion, but will not be competing this year as he will be taking part in another event in South Africa.
“If this race had been run last week he would have competed as he would have had time to rest.
“He is in South Africa for another race. Monica ran in another ultra-marathon a couple of weeks ago in South Africa and she has had time to rest,” Bingadadi said.
Kativhu improved on her five hours four minutes 15secs which she ran last year in the Matopos 33-miler when she ran 52km in the Boksburg Saps ultra-marathon in four hours 26secs.