Econet Victorial Falls Virtual Marathon on tomorrow
By Aaron Nhawu
ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe is set to host the Vic Falls Marathon tomorrow which will be held virtually due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
At least 5 000 local and international athletes are expected to take part in this year’s historic event, now easily one of Africa’s largest marathons. The event attracted more than 3 500 athletes from 60 countries around the world last year.
Econet Wireless chief executive Douglas Mboweni said thousands of people are expected to participate in tomorrow’s event regardless of it being virtual.
“We would have loved to have all athletes competing in one place, as we have done over the years, while viewing the majestic Victoria Falls and the surrounding fauna and flora, as well as experiencing the resort town’s newly acquired city status,” Mboweni said.
“It is, however, not possible this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and our desire to ensure that all participants are safe.
“Nonetheless, this should not stop one of Africa’s biggest events from happening. As a digital network company, we have extended an invitation to everyone including local professional and semiprofessional athletes, running clubs, corporates, students, government institutions, and past international participants from across the world to register for the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon and join us this Sunday (tomorrow), in a ‘virtual’ run.”
Mboweni urged runners in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Chitungwiza, Kariba and Victoria Falls to be on the lookout for refreshments that will be placed at strategic points. “Racing time is open as it is a virtual race, but we are encouraging people to start early in the morning to avoid the high afternoon temperatures.
“We will also have Mars Ambulance Services on standby in selected towns to cater for those who might require emergency medical assistance,” he said.