AS three days remain before the 10th Anniversary of Rotary Dar Marathon (RDM) light up in Dar Es Salaam, the Athletics Tanzania (AT) has urged more athletes to compete as means to spice up the race for tickets to represent Tanzania in the world class Beirut Marathon.
Organised by eight Dar Rotary Clubs, the annual competition brings top athletes from around the globe who will compete in 5km family walk, 9km walk, 21km half marathon, full marathon 42.2km run, cycling and many other fun activities, all to be held in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.
Ombeni Zavalla, the Deputy Secretary General of AT said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that for the past nine years of the event, records are yet to be broken, it is a time for the local athletes to do it this time around.
This year’s event will award two local marathoners who win men and women’s disciplines with tickets to represent the country in Beirut Marathon which will be staged in Lebanon in November this year, courtesy of Pepsi Tanzania.
Rashid Chenja, the firm’s representative, insisted in Dar es Salaam yesterday that his company is keen to promote local athletes and has decided to offer full sponsorship to two marathoners for a November trip to Lebanon as move to motivate them.
Zavalla said that the event is open for all athletes aged from 14 to the senior runners from the national team. “For the past nine years, no one managed to break a record, I urge athletes to turn the table, motivation is already there from Pepsi, come all to brighten the event,” stressed Zavalla.
The charity event is aimed at raising funds to help those in need at the CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam. As one of efforts to motivate local runners to perform well, AT has also selected a national team of 9 men and 5 women to represent AT in the event.