Husab Marathon crowns champions
Swakop Uranium Mining Company hosted a successful Husab Marathon and fun runs for close to 360 runners last weekend at the turn off of the Husab Mine Road, which is a scenic run through the mountains and the Khan River. Runners have all complimented the route as unique and different from any other race.
Sammy Kipoech Tum won the men’s race in the marathon in a time of 2:25:31, followed by Simon Shipingana in a time of 2:26:30 with Paulus Vilho in third place, clocking 2:27:57.
Nangula Ekandjo won the women’s marathon in a time of 2:51:00, followed by Sofia Nambambi in 2:53:00 with Saiti Eshitele in third place, in a time of 3:09:46.
Tum and Ekandjo walked away with price moneys of N$3 000 each in their age categories while receiving an additional N$8 000 each as overall winners.
At the event, Erongo Regional Councillor Juuso Kambueshe, on behalf of Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua said the Husab Marathon contributes to a healthy lifestyle while bringing together communities from across the country.
“I want to thank the Swakop Uranium management for this initiative, as it demonstrates the company’s commitment towards the well-being of the people of Namibia. My wish is that the Husab Marathon will become the flagship race, not only in the Erongo region but the African continent at large,” he said.
Swakop Uranium CEO, Zheng Keping said, “The Husab Marathon is an important event as it allows us to continue to integrate our employees and their families into the communities in the Erongo region”.
“It is nice to see such a good turn-out of people, in particular families, which creates a good camaraderie of friendship,” he said.
The event this year according to Keping is particularly memorable as it happens at the juncture when Husab Mine, the single largest uranium mine in the world, is transitioning from construction to commissioning.