THIS year’s edition of the PPC Matopos 33 Miler ultra-marathon will be held on April 12, the sponsors have said.
Pretoria Portland Cement’s Sizwakele Ndlovu, the race director, said there would be no changes in prize-monies for this year’s competition other than that plans were under-way to have another race in Harare next year.
“We are expecting a bigger race with more entrants and more participation from people at various fitness levels. There is the ultra-marathon which is 53km, the 21km half marathon and the relay race.
There is the 5km race for those who would like more laid back walking or jogging experience. We encourage families as we have a race for every age and fitness level.
“PPC is expanding and spreading its wings to the northern side of Zimbabwe. With that in mind we are looking at growing the PPC ultra-marathon brand to reflect our vision. That said, our plans are well underway to hold an ultra-marathon in Harare in the upcoming year,” Ndlovu said.
The winner of the 33-Miler (53, 097km) race walks away with $750 in the men and women’s sections.
Charles Musoza of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services – Mutare won the men’s section last year in three hours 11min 2sec to pick up the first prize while the women’s section was won by Harare’s Hilmax Athletics Club’s Monica Kativhu in four hours 6min 47sec.
Kativhu won it in 2013 crossing the line in five hours 4min 51sec and last year, she beat her 2013 record.
She has confirmed that she would be eyeing the third consecutive title this year.
Last year, the race attracted more than 200 athletes. The race starts at Matopos National Park and ends at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.