Clock Tower Marathon gathers storm  

ARUSHA, Tanzania: ARUSHA said everything is in place for the city to stage the third edition of the Clock Tower Marathon this weekend.

According to the organisers, this year’s grand run will be brightened by the entry of international athletes into the elite runners’ category.

The Clock Tower Marathon organised by the Arusha Runners Club has so far attracted more than 1,000 participants from all over the country.

Speaking during the event’s launch, the Chairperson of Arusha Runners Club, Isaack Shayo said the event will feature three types of races, including the main 21km half marathon.

Other races are the 10km run and 5km fun race all targeting to boost tourism, promote environment cleanliness and conservation of natural resources.

The marathon comes with a side event of planting trees within various locations of the northern tourist circuit.

“This is going to be the third season of the Clock Tower Marathon,” said the organiser.

Runners will start at the Clock Tower roundabout junction at the heart of Arusha, which is believed to be the centre point of Cape Town and Cairo highway.

They will be racing towards the Railway Station then back  towards the Arusha Gymkhana Club which according to Isaack will be the finishing point.

The Gymkhana club will also host a prize-giving ceremony for the winners and top finishers.

Additionally, the Secretary of the Athletics Federation in Arusha Region, Rogath Steven said the Clock Tower Marathon is an important sporting event that aims to groom new talents.

“It is also serving as a springboard to bigger international athletics events that many sportsmen and women are currently participating in,” he said.

The Mayor of Arusha City Maximilian Iranghe said they plan to use the event in the greening project of Arusha City through tree planting.

“We also intend to make use of the Clock Tower Marathon to highly promote the concept of Tourism through sports as well as introducing special tours that allow foreigners to sample the city attractions,” said Mayor Iranghe explained.

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