Defence Forces dominate mine marathon

Runners taking off for the inaugural Husab Marathon and fun runs on the beautiful constructed road leading to the Husab Mine

Swakop Uranium last week Saturday crowned its first marathon and 10 km race winners in the various age categories.Paulus Iiyambo of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) won the men’s marathon in a time of 2:26:20, while Helena Iipinge also from the NDF won the women’s race in a time of 3:03:31.

The country’s armed forces dominated the races with Mynhardt Kuanivi of the Namibian Police (Nampol) winning the men’s 10km race in a time of 31 minutes, six seconds while Ndeshimona Ekandjo of Nampol won the women’s 10km in a time of 37 minutes, 40 seconds.
Proudly representing Swakop Uranium, Chen Hemin in the men’s category and Winnie Mukupuki in the women’s category were among the marathon runners who finished the race.
A total of 508 entries were received in total with 57 in the marathon, 135 in the 10km run and 230 in the 5km walk and fun run.
At the event keynote speaker, Ms Adelaide Kandjala, on behalf of the Erongo Regional Governor, Mr Mutjavikua, congratulated Swakop Uranium for pulling off such a magnificent and well organized event. “I trust that the Husab Marathon, which is envisaged to be an annual event, will grow into the biggest event of its kind in Namibia and the Southern African region,” she said.
Mr Zheng Keping, Swakop Uranium CEO said, “Swakop Uranium, through the Swakop Foundation has, as part of our community and social involvement, organized the Husab Marathon and 10km and 5km fun runs to create and build an integrated process, based on safety, quality and excellence, leading to a successful event.”
Ms Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, Swakop Uranium Board of Directors at the event said,“I am also impressed that Swakop Uranium has implemented a High Performance Culture based on the Values of Safety, Transparency, Accountability, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration (STARIC) and that the Marathon and fun races were organized on the Values Principles, ” Zaamwani-Kamwi said.
With over 500 entries received for the inaugural Husab Marathon, Swakop Uranium is considering to make this event an international event next year.