EACH year, Old Mutual facilitates marathons around Zimbabwe. Old Mutual Marathons catalyze building a culture of regular exercise, and promote health and wellness in Zimbabwe. The Old Mutual Zimbabwe Foundation continues to implement various programs that uplift communities across the nation.
To date, Old Mutual is the only corporate that hosts six marathons across the country, with more than 7 500 athletes and fitness enthusiasts taking part every year. The Old Mutual Marathons’ focus is in line with the brand promise to unify the community, and create a more sustainable and better future for all.
Over the years, there has been steady growth in the number of participants, improvement in execution, increased partnerships and the more general excitement around the race. When it comes to health and wellness, people have become more proactive than they used to be.
In that regard, Old Mutual has established itself as the leading corporate citizen in promoting a healthy lifestyle in communities across the nation. The organisation continues to uphold its mandate to promote a healthy lifestyle and be trendsetters within the athletics space.
Since 2013, Old Mutual has successfully staged half and full marathons for participants in various communities. The events are innovative and keep up with current athletics trends. Old Mutual marathon registration is electronic and aligns with international standards set by bodies such as the IAAF.
Notably, the Old Mutual Marathons portfolio comprises of big races such as the Old Mutual Harare Marathon. This race is held in partnership with the Harare Athletics Club, who are invested in creating a healthy and thriving athletic community. All proceeds from the race go to rehabilitating the club’s operations.
The Old Mutual Vumba Mountain Run is another noteworthy race, held annually at Leopard Rock Hotel. Old Mutual is the lead sponsor to the Friends of Vumba, to raise funds for the Wildlife Environment Protection Unit and preserve Vumba’s flora and fauna through proceeds from this run.
The marathons are not limited to selected cities, but also take place in Dangamvura, Mutare; Khulumane, Bulawayo and Westgate, Harare to promote and revamp shopping malls.
The recently-held Old Mutual Harare Marathon offered runners an opportunity to run together virtually. This format kept runners motivated to run despite current circumstances, and to enjoy the feeling of being part of the running community whilst still maintaining social distancing.
If you are thinking about taking part in Old Mutual marathons, here are a few reasons you should take the plunge and register for one:
- You are taking initiative to improve your health and well-being.
- The races assist athletes with opportunities to acquire the times required for participation at international races.
- Proceeds support charitable initiatives. As a responsible corporate citizen, Old Mutual marathons support good causes.