Sanlam Launches Coastal Marathon to Scout for Athletic Talent

PUBLISHED 25 APR 2018   

Sanlam recently announced the launch of a coastal marathon that will be held for the first time ever at Swakopmund on the 28 April this year.

Sanlam Marketing and Communications Manager, Hilaria Graig and Ms Madeline Kotze the Secretary General of Athletics Namibia during at the launch of the marathon.

According to the organizers, the aim of the marathon — which will include shorter 10km and 21km categories, as well as the primary 42,2km event — is not only to promote health and fitness, but also serves as a great platform for discovering talented athletes, while also providing an opportunity for athletes to improve their marathon running skills.

The marathon, which is endorsed by the Namibia Sports Commission and Athletics Namibia, has attracted professional runners from running clubs across the country, as well as fitness fanatics from as far afield as South Africa.

Hilaria Graig, marketing and communications manager for Sanlam, hails this event as 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," said Graig. "The winners of the 42,2km marathon 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 in September," she said, adding that "the Sanlam coastal marathon will become an annual event, which promises to only get bigger and better each year."

Before launching this event, Sanlam has helped local athletes such as Helalia Johannes, a Commonwealth Gold medalist, as well as Uveni Nawa Kuugongelwa, Ndehimona Ekandjo, Mynhardt Kauanivi and other talented athletes attend the Sanlam Cape Town marathon, where they have performed exceedingly well. In an effort to unearth more talented Namibian athletes, Sanlam decided to launch a local marathon to attract local runners.

Athletes wishing to participate in the marathon can enter online via EventsToday or via the PayToday App, or at any Airtime City kiosk. Tickets cost N$20 for 10km, N$40 for the 21km and N$60 for the 42,2km. The closing date for entries is 25 April.

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Breakdown of Prizes:

• 42km - First place: N$15 000, plus automatic participation in the Sanlam Cape Town marathon; Second: N$10 000; Third: N$5 000.
• 21km – First place: N$5 000; Second: N$3 000; Third: N$2 000.
• 10km - First place: N$2 000; Second: N$1 000; Third: N$500.

For further information regarding the marathon, email, or phone 061- 294 7607.