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DR. SAM NUJOMA HALF MARATHON 8TH EDITION LAUNCHED



25 Apr, 2019

25 April 2019 – Windhoek – Following a one-year halt, Mobile Telecommunications Limited, MTC in collaboration with Athletics Namibia, the Namibia Sport Commission on Thursday (25 April 2019), launched the Dr. Sam Nujoma half Marathon in Windhoek. 

The half marathon is scheduled to take place on the 12 May 2019, from Ausspannplatz in Windhoek. Registration is open until the 8th May 2019. 

Athletes are thus urged to register via online on www.eventstoday.com.na, and collections of registrations number will be on the 11 May 2019, a day before the actual event at the Ausspannplatz’s Dr. Augustinho Neto Park in the city Centre. More race information is available online at www.athletics-namibia.com.na

According to MTC’s Corporate Affairs Manager, John Ekongo, the half-marathon is an honorary event towards the Founding president, Dr. Sam Nujoma which this year falls on the icon’s 90th birthday. 

The marathon is a sports platform open for both Namibians and athletes across the border to participate, compete and prepare for other international marathons. As a sole sponsor of the event, MTC has this year committed a total of N$ 139 000 in cash and N$55 717 in kind towards the event, which works out to the figure of N$194,717. 

“As it has been in the past, this gesture falls part of our corporate social responsibility and we are proud to be one committed to this cause,” said Ekongo. 0811448160. 

Ekongo further explained that MTC is committed to the development and the development of sport and that the marathon does not just provide an important platform for athletes to compete and test their abilities but equally so, to honor the founding President, Dr. Sam Nujoma. Hence MTC is proud and deemed it right to associate itself with this cause. 

“The MTC Dr Sam Nujoma National Half Marathon is one of the prime events on the athletics calendar in Namibia. The event, named after the Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation is aimed at honoring the Founding President and the disciplined and healthy lifestyle he leads. As such the event promotes healthy lifestyles by all Namibians and thus contribute to the efficiency of the Namibian economy and economic development, said Erwin Naimhwaka, President of Athletics Namibia. 

According to Naimhwaka “the event provides an opportunity for National and international athletes to showcase their talents and as preparation for other international events. Furthermore, the event represents mutual cooperation between corporate and sports in Namibia developing their potential through shared value activities.” 

Athletics Namibia is urges all energetic, young at heart and health conscious athletes to register within the highlighted timelines, while also calling on more sponsors to come on board. The race will comprise of 21km, 10km, and 5km races open to both local and international runners and exciting prizes podium prizes are up for victors. 
                                                                                                  
Issued by: 
Corporate Affairs Department 
Media enquiries 
Fikameni Matias Erasmus Nekundi 
Fmatias@mtc.com.na Enekundi@mtc.com.na 

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