SPONSORS of the Choppies 10km race to held in the city on November 23 will maintain last year’s total package sponsorship of R100 000, Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) secretary-general Dailes Bingadadi said yesterday.
The competition had initially been set for December 7 in Bulawayo, but was brought forward to November 16 as BAB was avoiding a clash between the race and the African Union Sports Council Region V Youth Games to be held in the City from December 4 to 15.
It was later shifted from November 16 to 23 on the request of the sponsors.
Bingadadi spoke to Southern Eye Sport on the preparations for the competition.
“We are going to have the Choppies 10km race on November 23,” she said.
“The sponsors have indicated that they will maintain last year’s package which was R100 000. We are grateful that they have continued to support us,” she said.
The Choppies 10km event, which was known as Spar 10km race until its rebranding last year, usually attracts athletes from around the country.
Last year’s winners in the seniors in both men and women’s categories pocketed R5 000 each.
South Africa-based middle-distance runner Rutendo Nyahora successfully defended the title after she crossed the line in 35mins 17secs.
In 2012, Nyahora won the title in 31mins 10secs while the previous year she completed the race in 32 minutes 41secs.
Kevin Pangiso romped home first in 30mins 31secs to win the race in the men’s category.
Runners-up walked away with R3 000, third-placed athletes got R1 500 while fourth-placed athletes received R500 each.
In the juniors and wheelchair categories, both men and women winners walked away R1 500 richer, runners-up grabbed
R1 000 while second runners-up were awarded R750 each.