This year’s edition of Kilimanjaro Marathon has already attracted huge number of entries including prominent athletes who have also competed in the previous editions.
The event will be held in Moshi on March 3 as entries are still pouring in.
The race director John Bayo said the entrants include Patrick Nyangero, Andrea Silvini, Fabian Joseph, Sarah Ramadhan, Mary Naali and Banualie Brighton are on their way to rub shoulders with visiting athletes.
Those who have registered for the full marathon of 42 kilometres are Mashaka Masumbuko, Nyangero, Getul Bayo, Faustine Musa and Andrea Silvini
The female version of the show has Banuelia Bryton, Fabiola William and Ceophresina Sumawe.
In half marathon the line up have Joseph, Dickson Marwa, Uwezo Lukinga, Damina Chopa and Mohammed Dulle while females include Ramadhani, Jacqueline Sakilu and Naali
Nyangero finished runners-up in full marathon during the 2009 edition and has vast experience having appeared in several international meets.
Lady Brighton won the female category during the 2008 edition ahead of excelling in Kigali Marathon the following year.
Over 600 athletes from 40 countries are expected to participate in the event that has grown in popularity and attain a tourist attraction tag.
Athletes are expected from South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Kenya, New Zealand, China, Canada, USA, and Australia, France and Italy.
The organizers have set up registration centres in Arusha and Moshi at Arusha and Keys Hotels from February 28 and March 1st respectively.
No entries will be entertained on the race day as would be competitors are advised to make their bookings early and avoid eleventh hour disappointment.
Otherwise other distant athletes are advised to book their entries at the event’s website.
Besides the full and half marathon, there will also be disabled and fun races to cater for disabled, junior athletes and olds.
The event has galore of sponsors including Kilimanjaro Water. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has pledged to support ten Moshi-based young athletes in an effort to create awareness for population control and fight against HIV infection