With only 3 days left until the 2016 Econet Victoria Falls Marathon, the atmosphere is ripe with keen anticipation as entrants ready themselves for the challenge ahead. The 2016 Econet Victoria Falls Marathon enters its 10th year and has become one of the most recognised marathons in Southern Africa and most definitely the biggest in Zimbabwe, with an expected 2500 plus participants in the 3 races, the Econet Full Marathon (42 Km), Half Marathon (21 km) and the EcoSure Fun run (7.5km).

Developed in conjunction with the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls Marathon race is an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event. The marathon provides a platform for both local and international runners to pit themselves against the best!

Aesthetically engaging, the routes are teeming with beautiful scenery, and the chance of spotting some wildlife is high.  All 3 events start in the car park outside the banks/Ilala Lodge entrance.  The Marathon and half Marathon cross over the Vic Falls Bridge, briefly into Zambia. The route continues through the Zambezi National Park with some great views of the river, and ends at the Victoria Falls primary school. For the first time a new Chip technology on the Race Bibs is being used for a far more reliable and instant results and finish time recording, as well as monitoring cheating.

Race Director and MD of Wild Frontiers John Addison, who conceptualised the event in 2006 is happy not only with the huge increase in social media and  online entries, but also the fact that 39 different countries will be represented, making it a true international marathon.‘The events are held in and around the town of Vic Falls , with views of one of the World’s Seven Wonders, the amazing Victoria Falls themselves, and we need to conserve and preserve this pristine environment in which we are privileged to run ’, says  Addison.

As conservation is part of the marathon’s repertoire, a tipple bottom line approach has been adopted. This is a project under The Victoria Falls Green Fund/Environment Africa in partnership with VAPU, The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust and the Municipality of Victoria Falls.  As such, the 2016 event will see marathon taking on the Elefence Project, an initiative to enclose the dumpsite which poses a threat to animals with an electric fence. A percentage of each and every entry fee will go towards making this project a success and securing the welfare of our animals around the town.

 

The Event is proudly sponsored and supported by Econet  headline sponsor to the marathon and half marathon / EcoSure , naming right sponsor the fun run.  Supporting sponsors include:  Tinga Mira, Botswana Tourism, The Kingdom Hotel, SATIB, Steward Bank, CIMAS, Vic Falls Safari Lodge, CAAZ, Deloitte, DatLabs, MARS, Fawcett Security.

Organisers: Adventure Zone, Wild Frontiers

VF24 Editor