Sanlam Namibia recently launched its first-ever Sanlam Coastal Marathon, which is aimed at unearthing athletic talent in Namibia, creating a platform for athletes to craft their skills while at the same time promoting health and fitness for all.
The marathon is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Swakopmund with athletes competing in the 10km, 21km and 42.2km categories.
The Sanlam Coastal Marathon, which is endorsed by Athletics Namibia (AN) and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), has attracted the attention of professional athletes and even fitness enthusiasts from as far as South Africa.
Speaking at the launch event last week in Windhoek, Sanlam Marketing and Communications Manager, Hilaria Graig, said the marathon is going to be a game changer.
“The Sanlam Coastal Marathon is like no other. It is the only marathon linked to an elite marathon in Africa, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. The winners of the marathon in the 42.2km race will not only receive a cash prize of N$15,000, but are also guaranteed automatic participation in the IAAF Gold Label Status Sanlam Cape Town Marathon taking place in September,” Graig said.
She emphasized that the Coastal Marathon will become an annual event, which Sanlam promises will only get bigger and better each year.
Prior to introducing this marathon, Sanlam has been sending athletes such as Commonwealth Gold medalist Helalia Johannes, Mynhyardt Kauanivi, Ndeshimona Ekandjo and Uveni-Nawa Kugongelwa, among others, to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon where they have done well.
Sanlam said it decided to start its own home grown marathon event to ensure that more talent is unearthed.
Johannes will not take part in the weekend marathon, but Kauanivi, the 2016 Olympic Games participant, is amongst those that are expected to grace the event.
Winners in the 42.2 km marathon will walk away with N$15,000 each, and automatic participation in the Sanlam Cape Town marathon.
The second placed athletes will take home N$10,000 and those in third place will receive N$5,000.
In the 21km, the first athletes to reach the finish line in the male and female categories will take home N$5,000 each, while a second place and third place finish is worth N$3,000 and N$2,000, respectively.
The 10km winner will receive N$2 000, second place N$1,000 and third place N$500.