NRZ Charity Marathon called off

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Jeffrey Muvundusi
in BULAWAYO

THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has cancelled the staging of the 2020 Charity Marathon due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The marathon was due to be held on November 4.

However, since March all sporting events were postponed after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown as a precautionary measure against the novel virus.

A number of race organisers have gone the virtual route due to the challenges brought about by the lockdown.

“After consultations with relevant sporting bodies, the NRZ realises that even if sporting activities are to be allowed to resume by the SRC, there is not enough time between now and the marathon day to plan for a successful event this year.

“The NRZ is also cognisant of the fact that partners who have supported the marathon since its inauguration might not be able to fully participate in the run as they have also faced the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“NRZ would like to assure sports enthusiasts and its partners that the NRZ Rail-Trail Charity Half Marathon will be back next year,” NRZ spokesperson Nyasha Maravanyika said in a statement.

The Marathon was launched in 2018 and has had two successful editions which attracted top class runners from all over the country.

The marathon has four categories — the flagship 21km race, 10km, five kilometres and a five kilometre walk which are open to all men, women and children including wheelchair athletes.

The Marathon commemorates the arrival of the first train in Bulawayo on November 4, 1897 and is undertaken under the NRZ Corporate Social Responsibility Investment programmes which assist the needy in society as well as communities.

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