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Okanguindi hosts village mini marathon

Sun, 27 January 2013 18:54
by Sports Reporter

The first ever marathon to take place in a village set-up was organized and held in the Okanguindi village recently.
Okanguindi is situated about 60km north-east from Okakarara on the way to the larger settlement of Coblenz, in the Okakarara constituency of the Otjozondjupa region.
Athletics enthusiasts from the age of six (6) participated in the free competition which was kept at eight (8) kilometres.
All participants received starting marks on their left hands, and received second marks on their right hands at the turning point to avoid cheating. Water points were provided halfway through the race, while two cars were mobilised to drive along the route to monitor the well being of the runners.
The categories that had prices for grabs were as follows: Running (men and women separate, 6-44 years); running veterans (men only, 45 years and up); walking (mixed men and women, open, no age separation) and an honorary category.
The winners in the running Men Open category were Ndjiva Mbaryaṋi (40 minutes 30 seconds); runner up, Linus Tjituuo (41 minutes 20 seconds); and third Uaeva Katitii (41 minutes 34 seconds).
The organisers of the event, Wilson Hungiree Billawer (initiator) and Putens Prince Tjihoreko (co-organiser) vowed to improve the event this year (2013) as this time the event had no sponsors and all contributions and gifts were donated by the working people originating from the Okanguindi and neighbouring villages.