Vice President set to grace Mazingira Marathon  

27Oct 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Vice President set to grace Mazingira Marathon  

​​​​​​​VICE President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Philip Mpango, will lead more than 2000 athletes in this year's Mazingira Marathon to be held for the first time in the country.

Local and foreign athletes are expected to run in the race on November 14, the race will start and end at the Green, Oysterbay in Dar es Salaam.

The coordinator of the race, Amon Mkoga, said the race aims to support the government's efforts in conserving the environment in the country.

He said the athletes would compete in the half marathon, 10 kilometers and five kilometers which the Vice President would also run.

Mkoga disclosed: ''Preparations have begun for runners to register online, this race apart from promoting environmental stewardship that will go hand in hand with tree planting, will support maternity facilities for mothers."

"In providing the equipment, we are partnering with TASAF and these supplies will be distributed to poor households in various parts of the country," he said.

One of the artists that are set to grace the race, Haruna Kahena 'Inspector Haroun', who is as well one of the runners in the 5km race said he wishes local runners emerge victoriously.

He said apart from having prominent local athletes, it is part of training for others and he for that matter called on people to turn out in large numbers to participate in it.

A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 kilometers (13 miles 192.5 yards)— half the distance of a marathon.

It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon or a 5K race, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish, or shortcuts.

If finisher medals are awarded, the medal or ribbon may differ from those for the full marathon.

The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K, or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct.

A half marathon world record is officially recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The official IAAF world record for men is 57:32, set by Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya in December 2020 in Valencia, Spain, and for women is 1:04:51, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya on October 22, 2017, in Valencia, Spain.

Participation in half marathons has grown steadily since 2003, partly because it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon does.

In 2008, Running USA reported that the half marathon is the fastest-growing type of race