From : Thezimbabwean.co.uk

12 September 2012

August 25 saw over 800 runners from all corners of the globe including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany line up for the annual Victoria Falls Marathon. The race is officially recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federation and is unique in that it is the only race on our continent where athletes cross an international border.

Taking place within the confines of one of a World Heritage Site, it has to be one of the most scenic and wildest routes to run – with breathtaking views over the Falls bridge to the gorges below, through the Zambezi National Park and the bustling tourist town of Victoria Falls.

Seeing elephant, impala, warthog and kudu on the route is an unforgettable experience. Having completed either the 42 km full marathon, 21 km half marathon or 5km fun run, participants enjoyed the post race party on the banks of the magnificent Zambezi River. Through waste management and recycling strategies Victoria Falls is striving to become Africa’s Green destination and for the community to enjoy a sustainable lifestyle.

Environment Africa initiated the Victoria Falls Green Fund some years ago to address these issues.

Twelve local youth volunteers, co-ordinated by the Victoria Falls Green Fund embarked on a clean up of the 42 km race route a day before, starting on the banks of the Zambezi to ensure the runners enjoyed a clean and safe environment. Large ‘Carry In Carry Out’ bags, another initiative introduced by Environment Africa and supported by National Parks, were used to collect the waste.

On the day of the race, volunteers were stationed at the nine official water points, collecting all the waste generated during the race and ferrying it to the dumpsite.

The Victoria Falls Green Fund is supported by private, public and community sectors and continues to raise environmental awareness and action within the local community. Support for projects and programmes is always needed and we urge you to support.

Help this become a reality by supporting the Victoria Falls Green Fund. Get involved, take action and be part of the Victoria Falls Green Fund. Email: info@environmentafrica.org

– www.environmentafrica.org