Wild Frontiers, the organizer of the event, said in Dar es Salaam on Sunday that prize monies for first, second and third winners in Kilimanjaro Marathon’s Half Marathon category have gone up by 100%.“We agreed with Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, the main sponsor, to increase prize monies for first, second and third winners in the Half Marathon category by 100% as we celebrate 10 years of existence of Kilimanjaro Marathon,” said Wild Frontiers managing director, John Addison.
Thus, the event to be held at the Cooperative College Stadium in Moshi on February 26, will see each of the first, second and third winner in both races for men and women in the 21.1km Half Marathon category going home with 3m/-, 1.5/- and 850,000/- respectively. The prizes will be offered by Wild Frontiers and Kilimanjaro Marathon Club. Athletes filling positions four to ten in the 21.1km Half Marathon will also receive prizes.
Apart from Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon and Half Marathon categories, the tenth Kilimanjaro Marathon will also see people with various forms of disabilities competing in the GAPCO Disabled Half Marathon while those seeking to run for fun will have their turn in the Vodacom 5km Fun Run. GAPCO and Vodacom Tanzania will also be dishing out millions of shillings in prizes to winners in the categories. Expounding on the event, Mr Addison said registration to the event via Kilimanjaro Marathon website (www.kilimanjaromarathon.com) ceased on Friday last week.
Addison said the Full Marathon event starts at 06:30am at the Moshi University College of Cooperatives and Business Studies (MUCCoBS) while the Half Marathon starts on the same venue one hour later as the 21.1km Disabled Half Marathon starts at 06:45am. The Fun Run will start on Uru Road at the bottom of MUCCoBS Stadium at 07:30am.
The decision by Wild Frontiers and Kilimanjaro Marathon Club to increase prize monies for first, second and third winners in the Half Marathon category comes barely one month after Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, the chief sponsor of the event, announced a 100% increase in prizes to winners in the 42.195 Full Marathon category. George Kavishe, the brand manager for Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, said in Dar es Salaam recently that the first, second and third male and female winners in the 42.195km Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon will pocket 6m/-, 3m/- and 1.7m/- respectively. During the 2011 derby, first, second and third winners went home with 3m/-, 1.5m/- and 850,000/- respectively.
Over 5000 athletes from 40 countries scattered in six continents will gather on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain next Sunday to take part in an event that is touted for giving long distance runners an opportunity to become international stars. Kilimanjaro Marathon is also famous for nurturing the talents of young athletes who are now able to discover their natural abilities and become international athletics stars. Consequently, the event is praised for helping to raise the status of athletics in Tanzania by aiding runners to gain confidence, improve their skills and earns higher incomes.