From : Newsday.co.zw
By : Daniel Nhakaniso
21 August 2012
Some of the finest foreign and local long-distance runners will converge in the resort town of Victoria Falls for this year’s edition of the Victoria Falls Marathon which will roar into life on Sunday.

Competitors will take part in different categories ranging from the full 42,2km marathon race, 21,2km half marathon run and a 5km fun run.

One of the organisers, Brent Williamson, yesterday told NewsDay Sport that preparations for the race had gone a step up and registration for participants was now at an advanced stage.

“Preparations are going on very well and everything is falling into place. All the various water points along the routes are being put in place and I can safely say we are now ready to start the race,” he said.

Williamson said they were looking forward to an overwhelming response from athletes.

“Pre-entries have not gone very well as has always been the case, but we expect more athletes to register this week as the event draws closer. This year we are expecting around 800 athletes to take part in this marathon,” he said.

He added that they were expecting more foreign athletes to grace this year’s event than in the previous years.

The marathon is the only race on the continent in which athletes cross international borders, making it a highly-regarded race.

The marathon race route starts at the Kingdom Hotel then crosses over the Victoria Falls Bridge, briefly into Zambia offering the social runner some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa and ends at Victoria Falls Primary School.

Williamson said the annual race was an International Associations of Athletics Federations-registered event, with official marshalling, refreshment points and standard timekeeping.

Last year the event was won by Michael Ngaaseke in a time of two hours, 24 minutes and 31 seconds while Kevin Pangiso won the half-marathon in one hour seven minutes 11 seconds