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Victory race winners awarded over N$80 000 in cash prizes

by Rodney Pienaar

Overall winners of the Old Mutual Victory race were awarded a total amount of N$ 84 000 in cash prizes and trophies yesterday. 

Altogether, eight runners have immerged as winners in selected three categories.

Overall winners in the junior male and female category were Simon Paulus Rondengudus Gustaf and they both walked home N$12 000 richer. 

Both runners are from the Kakadinwa sports club. 

In the senior female category, Helalia Johannes of the NDF Sports Club was awarded a cash prize of N$15 000, the second prize of N$10 000 was awarded to Lavinia Haitope while Beata Naigambo who came in 3rd best runner walked away with a cash prize of N$ 5 000.

In the senior male category Thomas Reinhold of Namibia Correctional Services Sports Club won the first place and walked away with N$15 000.

The second place winner was Mynhartd Kauanivi who got N$10 000 while Reonard Namupala of the Nampol Sports Club emerged as the third place winner getting N$5 000. 

The Victory Race has been the biggest marathon in Namibia for the past 17 years, with about 3,000 athletes and school learners having participated this year.

This is an indication that the Old Mutual Victory Race Series remains a significant event on the agenda of both leisure and serious runners.

Along with its partner sponsors, CocaCola Namibia Bottling Company and Business Connexion, the Old Mutual Foundation allocated N$ 1 million towards the event this year. 

Incentives in the form of regional race and series prizes were offered in cash, whilst the school and Paralympic organisation with the most entries, received photocopy machines in each region.

Other attributes of the Victory Race Series, include bonus prizes, a full sponsorship to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon for the top male and female of the 21km race, and two junior sports development bursaries for learners – as presented at today’s Prize Giving Ceremony. 

“As a Responsible Business, Old Mutual Foundation will continue to support and invest in local athletes by means of the Victory Race Series. Similarly, to the starting blocks of a running track – the Victory Race Series enables us to make a positive difference in the lives of the communities in which we operate as a business - paving way for both leisure and professional runners to enhance their skills to qualify for renowned marathons,” said Mauriza Fredericks, Communication and Transformation Manager of Old Mutual.