More Namibians should make taking part in sport events a habit, even as a casual, say the inaugural Vivo Energy Windhoek Marathon organisers.
Beyond competing for podium places, the marathon which takes place over “very hilly and tough terrain” in and around Windhoek on 29 July has health benefits, an opportunity to give back to the community and forging partnerships for participants.
“This maiden marathon provides an opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to come together and challenge themselves while also enjoying the camaraderie of others,” said Vivo Energy Namibia managing director Edward Walugembe.
“We decided to do this to look at not only the professional runners, but the family. We know that when people come together for a common goal, they can achieve great things,” he remarked.
“It’s about giving back to less privileged people. We are pleased that the City of Windhoek, through the mayoral fund is already doing this. So, it just made sense for us to work with somebody who already has a structure of channelling support to the less privileged.”
The debut Vivo Energy Windhoek Marathon will consist of the full marathon, half-marathon, 10km and 5km categories.
“It’s not just a sporting occasion, but also a celebration of unity, perseverance and the power of the human spirit,” said deputy mayor of Windhoek Magdalena Lambardt.
The marathon ties into the city’s “objectives of creating a sustainable and inclusive environment for all,” she added.
“Marathons hold a special place in the hearts of cities around the world. They symbolise endurance, determination and pursuit of excellence. As we prepare to host this great event, we invite participants from far and wide to join us in embracing the vibrant spirit of our city and to showcase their athletic ability.
The spin-off benefits from hosting the marathon should be felt long after the last runner has crossed the finish line, Lambardt said.
“It is more than just a race. It is important for us to join hands and make a meaningful impact in our community. With each stride taken, we will contribute to the betterment of our society by supporting various charitable causes and uplifting the lives of those in need,” she said.
“The registration fees proceeds will be donated to the Windhoek Residents Mayoral Trust. It is a legal entity through which vulnerable residents and social welfares are supported.”