Preparations to this year’s International Peace Marathon are almost complete according to the Secretary General of Rwanda Athletics Federations Mr. Johnson Rukundo. The marathon which kicks off this Sunday will attract a host of countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, the United States, Canada, Burundi and many others.
Speaking to journalists at Amahoro stadium, Rukundo said that approximately 95% of the requirements are in place for the marathon to kick off, including drinks, medical staff and security.
Prior to the main event, on Saturday young children will run in what the federation has named “Run for fun” with the aim of sensitizing them on the goodness of the sport. Rukundo however said that registration numbers are still low with only about four hundred runners having registered.
He said, “The numbers we have so far are still low and we are encouraging people to continue to register. So far we have around four hundred people who have registered, whereas we expect two to three thousand participants.”
He continued to say that registration is still underway from 8am to 8pm, with Rwandan citizens required to pay 1,000 Frw to be registered, while foreigners living in Rwanda will have to pay 6,000 Frw. Foreigners residing outside the country will have to part with between 25 to 35 Euros depending on the category in which they wish participate. Participants will also be given a T-shirt during the race.
Rukundo went on to add that not all countries had confirmed their participation at the time of the interview, though he remained optimistic that those who have not done so will no doubt get to the federation before Saturday.
He said, “So far Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda have confirmed and are expected to be in the country by Friday. We are yet to hear from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Burundi.”
This year’s edition is the eighth of its kind and the winners will be awarded with cash prizes of 2,500USD and 1,500USD in marathon and half marathon races respectively. Others who will be awarded include the top three Rwandan performers and relay runners. Marathon record breakers at the event will also walk away with a cash price of 1,000USD.