Kilimanjaro Lager Marathon launched in Moshi

25Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kilimanjaro Lager Marathon launched in Moshi

THE 19th edition of the prestigious Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon has been launched regionally in Moshi, with Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Anna Mghwira, pledging more support to the organizers and sponsors to make the event bigger and more beneficial .

Moshi District Commissioner, Rajabu Kundya (C), cuts a ribbon to regionally launch the 2021 Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon in Moshi over the weekend, while other dignitaries and representatives of the race's sponsors look on. : CORRESPONDENT

The RC, who was represented by the Moshi District Commissioner, Rajabu Kundya, at a colourful event held at the Kibo Palace Homes said the marathon has had a positive effect on tourism and business in Kilimanjaro and the entire country.

She said that she is ready to cooperate with the organizers in addressing the available challenges so the marathon can register more participants.

According to her, the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon attracts around 12,000 runners and the organizers are not able to go beyond this number because of various challenges especially the narrow roads around Moshi town.

She said: “We had already started talks regarding the need to expand most of the roads so that the marathon can accommodate more runners on the route as, at the moment, they have to close entries once capacity is reached so as to conform with the IAAF regulations.''

''They also have to ensure that they are able to provide the essential services like water, first aid and that the races also start without participants pushing and stepping on each other,'' she disclosed.

The Kilimanjaro Premium Lager's Brand Manager, Irene Mutiganzi, who also doubles as the Grand Malt Brand Manager, said they are proud to sponsor the event for the 19th year running as a sign of patriotism and the contribution of the marathon to sports tourism and businesses in Kilimanjaro.

She said they are well prepared for next month’s event and have set aside 25m/- in prize money with the top winners in both the male and female category walking home with 4m/- apiece and the first Tanzanian male and female in the 42km race will receive a motivational prize of 1.5m/- apiece.

She also made a special appeal to participants of the 5km Fun Run to also register on time as the entries are limited and might run out anytime.

The Tigo North Zone Director, Henry Kinabo, said this year they look forward to another exciting and entertaining Tigo Kili Half Marathon.

''The registration via Tigo Pesa has been well received, thus far we have 3917 runners who have registered in the different categories,'' he said.

According to him, this is the sixth year they are sponsoring the Tigo Kili Half Marathon and, as the custodians of the race, they continue to urge runners to register for the event and pay with Tigo Pesa since it is easy and convenient.

In addition to government's efforts to prevent Covid 19 through stringent measures at all ports of entries, the Kilimanjaro Marathon organizers disclosed they will ensure that all officials follow the government on


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