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Sanlam Namibia launches its first coastal marathon

by Rodney Pienaar

Sanlam Namibia has launched the first ever Sanlam Coastal Marathon at their head office in Windhoek. 

The marathon is aimed at unearthing athletic talent in Namibia, creating a platform for athletes to craft their skills while at the same time promoting health and fitness for all, Sanlam marketing and communications manager, Hilaria Graig, said at the launched. 

“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. The winners of the marathon will not only receive a cash price of N$15 000 but are also guaranteed automatic participation in the IAAF Gold Label Status Sanlam Cape Town Marathon taking place in September,” she said.  

She added that the Coastal Marathon will become an annual event which Sanlam promises will only get bigger and better each year. 

Prior to introducing this marathon, Sanlam has been sending athletes such as Commonwealth Gold medalist Helalia Johannes, Mynhyardt Kauanivi, Ndehimona Ekondjo and Uveni Nawa Kugongelwa among others, to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon where they have performed outstandingly.  

“To ensure that more talent is unearthed, Sanlam therefore decided to start its own home grown marathon. The Marathon will have three race categories; 10km, 21km and the full marathon 42.2km respectively. So far the event which is endorsed by Athletics Namibia and the Namibia Sports Commission has attracted professional athletes, members from various running clubs from around the country and even fitness enthusiasts from as far as South Africa,” Graig has said. 

She added that the marathon is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 28 April 2018 in Swakopmund.

Graig announced that entry tickets are available online via Events Today or the PayToday App. 

Tickets are going for N$20.00 for 10km, N$40.00 for the 21km and N$60.00 for the 42.2km. Closing date for entries is 25 April 2018.