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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sokoine Marathon attracts top local athletes

Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr Fenella Mukangara
By Joseph Mchekadona
29th March 2014

Five top local athletes have confirmed their particitipation at the forth coming Sokoine Marathon slated for April 12 at Monduli in Arusha.

The event’s organizer, Wilhelm Gidabuday, said yesterday that Mary Naali who competed at the India Commonwealth Games in 2010 was among them.

Others are local international regulars athletes are Andrew Sambu Getuli Bayo, Dickson Marwa and Alphonse Felix.

Gidabuday said there will be also several sports and entertainment activities such as traditional games and dances.

There will be also sports such as javelin, mini marathon for juniors and seniors.
This is the second time this event to commemorated the death of former Tanzania Prime Minister Edward Sokoine who died in a car crash on April 12,1984 at Dumila in Morogoro.

Gidabuday said that last year the Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr Fenella Mukangara, was the guest of honor at the event which attracted more than 600 athletes and 5000 spectators.

He said the theme of the event is also to entertain audience and to give platform to young and unheralded athletes to expose their talents. 

He also said plans are underway to invite President Dr Jakaya Kikwete to be the guest of honor.

Winners of this edition will pocket 500,000/- each while first runners-up will bag 400,000/- each .

Those who will emerge third, fourth and fifth will take home 300,000/-, 200,000/- and 100,000/-, respectively. Children who will win 2km race will be awarded 20 exercise books and 10,000/- each.


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