CBZ Holdings are set to hold their first ever marathon event later this month at the Old Georgians Sports Club.
The event, to be run under the theme “Run the Distance”, is scheduled for January 27. Registration of the participants opens on January 18 and closes two days before the race.
Athletes will battle for supremacy in the 5km, 10km, 21.1km as well as the main 42.2km marathon with some prizes up for grabs. Above all, it will also act as a qualifier for the prestigious Two Oceans Marathon and the Comrades ultra-marathon to be held in South Africa later this year.
The bank’s Group Executive Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, Laura Gwatiringa, said the event is open for all citizens. “The race is open to all citizens inclusive of professional runners as it is going to be a qualifier for both the 2019 edition of the Old Mutual Two Oceans and the Comrades Marathons.
“We have made provision for a total of 1 000 participants; therefore, we are urging our runners to register early to avoid disappointments. “However, even if we surpass 1 000 participants, it will be a milestone for our inaugural marathon, so let us come in our numbers to cheer on as our family members, partners, friends and fellow citizens take on the CBZ marathon.
“We will be giving out prizes and medals to all winners. We will announce the prizes and specific routes to be used in the event to the media by Wednesday next week,” said Gwatiringa.
CBZ are known to have involved themselves in sport through their sponsorship of football, cricket and rugby and they are now venturing into marathon.
“Although we have supported other sports like soccer, cricket, rugby, and darts inter alia; we had not yet started participating actively in the marathon space hence our inaugural marathon that has already started to generate a lot of interest and enthusiasm given the levels and numbers of enquiries we are getting through our various touch points,’’ said Gwatiringa. CBZ Safety, Health and Wellness Manager, Fenia Kupeta, encouraged the people to participate in the event saying it promotes good health and wellness, in line with the Government’’s policy on health and wellness campaign.
“It is very important for families and individuals to take part in such an event because it benefits them positively, as it is proven that people who participate in physical exercises such as running will have higher levels of productivity especially at work and lower levels of stress,” said Kupeta.