THE Hope Fountain 30km race, which makes a comeback this Sunday following its cancellation due to financial constraints in 2013, is expected to attract athletes from around the country, Bulawayo Athletics Board secretary Dailes Bingadadi said yesterday.
Rotary Club of Belmont are the sponsors of the competition usually held in November.
Bingadadi confirmed this year’s race to Southern Eye Sport yesterday.
“We have finalised. This Hope Fountain 30km is back this year,” she said.
“We are going to hold it this Sunday. The Rotary Club of Belmont will sponsor the competition to the tune of $5 000. The winner of the main race will pocket $500.
“The categories for the competition is the main 30km event and the 3x10km relay race. The juniors will compete in the 6x5km race while the wheelchair title will also be on offer.”
The race will start from Centenary Park and finish at Hillside Dams.
Bingadadi said they appreciated the support they were getting from the competition sponsors.
“We are really grateful that the competition is back this year. We appreciate the sponsorship by the Rotary Club of Belmont, especially coming at a time when we Bulawayo City is celebrating 120 years. We are expecting more than 100 athletes.
“I met many athletes during the Gutu Half Marathon and they promised to attend our competition. Monica Kativhu, Phathisa Ngwabi, Samukeliso Moyo, Elijah Mabhunu and Sharon Tavengwa are some of the athletes that have promised to participate,” she said.
Sharon Tavengwa and George Majaji were the winners in the women and men’s categories respectively in the last edition of the race.
Both athletes walked away $500 richer in the race which was sponsored to the tune of $7 120.
Other competitions to be held in Bulawayo before the end of the year are the Choppies 10km race, the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games and the Joshua Mqabuko Half Marathon.