According to the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon Race Director, John Bayo, all necessary preparations have been completed ahead of the big day where participants will run in the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager's 42km event, Tigo's 21km race and Grand Malt 5km Fun Run.
"Towards this race which is expected to take place tomorrow, starting and finishing at the Moshi Cooperative University (MoCU) Stadium, 95 percent of its preparations have been achieved", he said.
He said the organizing committee had already ensured of enough security during the race after being assured by the Kilimanjaro regional police leadership regarding the matter.
"We have also received assurances from the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) regarding the routes to be used, whereby they have issued special permits to close some of the roads that will be used during the race,'' he said.
He estated that the roads will be closed from 6am to 11am during the day of the event.
He mentioned the roads as Sugar road, which leads towards the TPC sugar factory, as well as the Kilimanjaro road, Lema road, Sokoine road, Khambaita road, VETA road and the Bustani Alley.
He said participants are still collecting their race numbers at Keys Hotel in Moshi and the exercise will today ahead of the big event tomorrow.
He confirmed that registration for the 42km and 5km events is still on but it will take place on cash basis, whereas entries for 21km race are completely sold out.
He further added that health precautions are still a priority for the organizers of the race which he said is expected to involve runners from within and outside the country and that they have followed all the guidelines provided by the government.
Kilimanjaro Premium Lager's Brand Manager, Irene Mutiganzi, said they have organized a series of events this weekend as a build up to the marathon and everything was going on smoothly.
"We have organized a number of events on Friday and Saturday, among them entertainments which will include a performance by South African artiste, Prince Kaybee, which will be held at the Hugo's Hotel gardens on Friday, whereby the climax of all these will be on Sunday, during the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon which will be held at the MoCU Stadium,'' she said.
Meanwhile, most hotels and guest houses are already fully booked in Moshi as participants continue to stream in for the Sunday event as recreation places also record a huge number of attendees.
Sponsors are also busy doing promotional activities in all corners of the town to promote the event, causing a lot of excitement among Moshi residents and the visitors.
Sponsors for this year’s edition include, Kilimanjaro Premium Lager-42km, Tigo–Half Marathon, Grand Malt-5km, water table sponsors, Unilever Tanzania, Simba Cement, TPC Sugar, Kilimanjaro International Leather Company Limited, Kibo Palace Hotel and official suppliers, namely Garda World Security, Keys Hotel and CMC Automobile.