HARARE – Tanganda Tea Company, in partnership with the Manicaland Athletics Association, will on Sunday host the annual Tanganda Tea half-marathon in Mutare.
The eastern border town is a befitting venue for athletes. Tanganda is based there.
Past winners in the women’s half-marathon category Tabeth Tsatsa and Samukheliso Moyo as well as former winners in the men’s section Cephas Pasipamire and Cuthbert Nyasango are amongst an array of talented athletes who have confirmed participation.
The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe will use this event to select athletes to represent the country at upcoming continental competitions.
This year’s Tanganda Tea half-marathon includes 10 categories that will offer varying prices.
Some of the categories include the men’s 21 km road race, a race whose record currently seats at 1 hour 2 minutes and 43 seconds.
If this year’s winner beats this record he will get an additional $200.
Another additional $200 will be pocketed by the winner of the women’s half-marathon if they can break the current women’s record which stands at 1 hour 18 minutes and 7 seconds.
Other categories include 10 km seniors, 10 km juniors, 10 km tertiary colleges and the wheelchair class.
Tanganda Tea Company operations manager Farai Garai said it was Tanganda’s desire to contribute to “the personal health and to some extent the financial wellbeing of deserving athletes.
“The event and the venue is almost a ‘thank you and meet your brand platform’ to the whole nation as it draws people from all over the country. The half marathon event is therefore one among many platforms that the company and brand offer for interaction and connection with the market.”