Athletes from more than 40 countries are expected to take part in the 2013 edition of the Kilimanjaro Marathon which is slated for March 3.
According to a statement released yesterday by John Addison, the managing director of Wild Frontiers, organizers of the event, more than 600 foreign runners are expected to compete and United States would field the largest contingent, followed by Britain.
He said other countries which are expected to take part include Canada, Australia, Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Morocco, Swaziland, Nigeria and Malawi.
Addison said the marathon continues to attract more international runners due to organisers’ and Kilimanjaro Premium Lager’s joint promotion and marketing of the event.
This has led to tremendous growth and led to increased participation.
The Kilimanjaro Marathon 2013, scheduled to take place in Moshi, will be comprised of four events which include the 42km Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon, 21km Half Marathon, GAPCO Disabled Half Marathon and the Vodacom 5km Fun Run.
The event is once more expected to be a thriller due to participation of corporate teams which will compete in the Half Marathon Corporate Challenge.
The companies set to vie for the corporate challenge title include TPC Sugar, who won the title last year, followed by CFAO Motors, TanzaniteOne and Tanga Cement.
The Kilimanjaro Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and Fun Run (5km) is going into its 11th year.
As a fully registered IAAF race, the marathon has official marshalling, time-keeping and refreshment points at regular intervals. The race may be used as a qualifier for Comrades Marathon and other international athletics competitions.
According to Addison, the race is run under the watchful eye of Mount Kilimanjaro, with the altitude gain being quite manageable and with the entire race being completed between 830–1150 metres above sea level, on good tarmac roads.
The event is sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager (title sponsors), Vodacom Tanzania (5km
Fun Run), GAPCO (Disabled Half Marathon), Kilimanjaro Water, Tanga Cement, CFAO Motors, KK Security, Keys Hotel, TPC Sugar, TanzaniteOne and New Arusha Hotel.