THE 2019 Hangana Hake Run & Ride has officially been launched, with this year’s competition anticipated to be the biggest of all as it has so far attract close to a thousand entries.
This year, the event will take place on Saturday, 5 October in Walvis Bay and will consist of cycling and running events including a marathon, a half-marathon and 10km fun run, as well as a 90km road cycling race, 21km mountain bike and 5km kiddies’ race.
A total prize money of N$100,000 is up for grabs, with the marathon runners competing for N$4,000 as first prize. The marathon also serves as an official qualifier for the renowned Two Oceans and Comrades marathons in South Africa, whereas the 90km road-cycling race is a Namibian Cycling Federation sanctioned event.
Speaking at the event, Nedbank Head of Marketing and Communication, Gernot de Klerk said: “We realise the importance in consistently offering events allowing Namibians to hone their skills and competitive edge, whether it be on the bicycle or on a run. We are firm believers of partnerships to enhance the greater good. It is against this background that Nedbank Namibia pledged N$100,000 toward the Hangana Hake Run & Ride 2019 event.”
He further added that the sports require fierce mental abilities to persevere and push ahead, coupled with technique in legwork and enthusiasm.
“At Nedbank Namibia, we have seen the passion these sports codes have incited among Namibians as well as the friendships and lasting fellowship it continues to create,” he said.
The Hangana Hake Run & Ride forms part of the annual Walvisfees hosted at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay, with jam packed activities anticipated for the weekend-long festival.
Hangana Seafood Managing Director, Herman Theron, at the launch stated that as one of the leading employers in the Namibian hake fishing industry, and a member of the O&L Group, the event is inspired by their purpose of “creating a future, enhancing life.”
“Hangana Seafood is proud to host this event in Walvis Bay as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) portfolio. We are not only trying to encourage a healthy lifestyle through this event, but we are also giving back to the community,” he said.
Part of the proceeds from the registration fees will be donated to local charity organization, Early Childhood Development Centre in Lüderitz.
“I’m happy to inform our participants that the muddy conditions experienced last year with the long-distance cycling event will be avoided this year,” Van der Merwe said.
He explained that the route would include the new, partially completed tar road behind the dune belt that connects Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Due to road works on this road in 2018, the organisers had to opt for an alternative gravel road as misty weather on race day resulted in wet and muddy conditions.
The 21km mountain bike race and 10km fun run will remain the same as last year, offering participants the unique opportunity to appreciate Walvis Bay’s lagoon and wet land scenery.