Abel Ndooka, Sports Reporter
LONG-distance runner Munyaradzi Jari has confirmed his participation in this year’s edition of the Tanganda half marathon which will be staged in Mutare this week.
Jari, who is the country’s representative at this year’s All Africa Games in Morocco and the Qatar 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics along with Caroline Mhandu, says he will be part of the field this week in Mutare as part of his preparations for Morocco and Qatar.
Speaking exclusively to H-Metro, Jari said his goal is to be ready for the African Games and IAAF world championships in athletics, hence, he will run in most races locally.
“The Tanganda half marathon is one I always enjoy every year; it gives me an opportunity to prepare for major races around the world because the field is full of young energetic runners.
“I will be in Mutare this week preparing myself for All Africa Games and IAAF championships later this year,” he said.
Jari is no stranger to the Tanganda half marathon having finished third last year, and has set himself a target to finish first, though his major worry is to finish in a time of less than 62 minutes.
“My major target is to finish under 62 minutes because I want to be in the best possible shape as I prepare myself for Morocco and Qatar,” he said.
Organisers of the Tanganda half marathon, Tanganda Tea Company have pegged the prices of this year’s race at USD$12 000 with winners of the main race the 21km pocketing a cool USD$5 00.
Tanganda Tea Company Operations Manager Farai Garayi said the response for this year’s edition of the race is overwhelming and they are expecting a strong field this year.
“We have received enquiries from people around the region and some from Spain who want to come and compete.
“As a company we are happy to be providing a platform to prepare to runners such as Jari to who will represent the nation on a bigger stage such as the All Africa games and IAAF world championships in athletics,” he said.
Mhandu, who won last year’s edition for the female event, is also expected to defend her crown this year as she also prepares for All Africa games and IAAF championships in athletics.