In a statement to the media yesterday, Riziki said organising logistics were almost complete, adding that the launch ceremony will be graced by the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye.
The 2016 edition of the marathon will mark the 7th consecutive year since its inauguration in 2009. The event will be held at the CCM Kirumba Stadium on September 25 and expected to attract local and international athletes from Africa, Europe and the United States.
The coordinator said the marathon, organised by Capital-Plus International and sanctioned by Athletics Tanzania (AT), plays a crucial role in marketing the country’s tourism through sports.
“We purposely chose the Mwanza region as hosts because it is home to the Northern tourism circuit. It has always been a tradition that after the event, participants, especially visitors from abroad sample the various tourism products on offer from the region, such as the beaches along Lake Victoria, as well as the culture and take game drives to see our wildlife, thereby contributing to our national economy,” said Riziki.
“I therefore urge as many Tanzanians as possible to turn out in large numbers and support this noble cause, whose main purpose is to market our tourism products and ensure that we attract even more visitors to our country,” she added.
Also expected at the launch ceremony are officials from AT, the National Sports Council among other stakeholders.
The marathon comprises five categories, featuring the main event, a 21 kilometers race for men and women, a five kilometers corporate classic race, a three kilometer race for people with disabilities, and elderly who are 55 years and above, and a two kilometer race for children aged between seven and ten years.
“The half marathon race, which is the main event will start at the CCM Kirumba Stadium, taking various routes and back to the stadium for the final lap,” said Riziki.
The half marathon has increasingly gained popularity and so far attracted sponsorship from Africa Wildlife Trust, Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF), Mwanza Hotel, Nyanza Bottlers and Real Pr Solutions.