By Mhlomuli Ncube
THE Binga Kasambabezi Marathon continues to grow in leaps and bounds after attracting more than a thousand participants at an event held this Saturday in the border town.
At the end of the day, it was veteran Mike Fokorani who clinched the 42km followed by Kevin Pangiso in second and Lyno Muchena in third place.
Phillipa Dube won the female contest followed by Monica Kativhu in second and Becious Makaza in third place.
The participants were happy to be part of the marathon.
The seniors also showcased what they used to do in their heydays as two golden girls Grace Manyanhi (74) and Neria Nyamadzawo (67) revelled in the marathon spirit.
“I came from Harare and I am happy to be here… I ran 10 kilometres and I feel good. I want to do it again. As many partook in the annual event, it was a moment to capture the true spirit of the marathon, to run for a cause,” one of the participants told ZBC News.
Added another, “This is not about winning. We are doing it to engage our youths in fighting drugs and encourage staying fit.”
Isaac Mpofu defended his 21km title followed by Zambian Rodrick Mudenda and Lord Bismarck Mathe in third.
In the ladies’ 21km race, Emilia Mukungaku outpaced Miriam Sibanda who came second with Annie Chirisa settling for third.
“Ngonidzashe Ncube outpaced everyone in the male 10km race, while Chabhonga Febbie took the female category,” said Dr Benson Dube, chief director of the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation