HARARE – Scores of runners will this weekend head to the mountains to take part in the 2013 Old Mutual Bvumba Mountain Run, which will take place in the Bvumba Mountains on Saturday.
Chief organiser Byran Rocher, a resident golf professional at Leopard Rock, said this would be the third running of the event, hosted by Leopard Rock Hotel.
The race will again attract professional runners competing for the winner’s $1 000 first place prize and for other cash prizes.
A schools section has been introduced this year, with the winning school team able to win $750 for their school, while a corporate section has also been introduced, mainly to encourage companies within the Mutare and Bvumba community to participate.
“All entry fees for the fun run will be donated to the Bvumba’s Wildlife and Environment Protection Unit, a locally-run organisation working to preserve the environment of the area,” said Rocher.
As part of Old Mutual’s sponsorship, four children from Mutore School in the Bvumba Area are being sponsored to take part and have been given kit to do so.
The school was opened in 1961 and most students are from families living or working on surrounding farms, cottages, resorts and hotels.
The school has no permanent water supply and is not yet electrified, so Leopard Rock Hotel ensures that the school has a continuous supply of water through delivering water by tractor.
The school has eight members of staff and an enrolment of 220 students.
The pupils selected for the Mutore School team competing in the Old Mutual Bvumba Mountain Run 2013 are Ronald Mangere (13), Suzinyu Oliver (a13), Petros Chaskara (18) and Tapiwa Mugoto (15), who each received two sets of school uniform, school shoes , stationery and third term school fees.
Interest in the event is high among professional and casual runners, not only in the Mutare area, but also in Harare and other parts of Zimbabwe.
Runners choose between the main race over 21km, or alternatives at 10km and 5km.
All races end at the Leopard Rock Hotel, where prize giving and post-event celebrations will be held into the night, while the course takes in some of the area’s most spectacular scenery.
“We look forward to successful event that will be good for the area, helping to draw attention to the Bvumba as one of Zimbabwe’s finest tourist destinations,” said Rocher.