Spar treats the north

History will be made this coming weekend, as the Spar 10km national championship heads to the north.

31 October 2019 | Sports

Senior sport officer Berthold Karumendu says all logistics are in place for the Spar 10km national championship.

The event is set to take place between Oshakati and Ongwediva on Saturday.

“I can assure you right now that everything is in place and this promises to be a very high-profile event.

“All logistics are in place and we are just excited that we are only a few days away from setting another millstone in Namibia's sporting history.

“We have certain things that we brought in from South Africa to make sure that the event is a success,” Karumendu said.

He added that the route is accredited by the IAAF, and is flat, making it easy for athletes to set records.

It is still unclear whether Namibia's superstar athlete Helalia Johannes will compete on Saturday.

She returned yesterday from the Military World Games in China.

Over the past couple of years, there has not been a 10km national championship.

Spar Namibia has committed N$100 000 towards the event, which will be run on an annual basis.

The event is expected to attract people from Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and the rest of Namibia. Athletes will be competing over a 10km route from Oshakati to Ongwediva.

The winners of the men and women's senior 10km races will walk away with N$5 000 each, while the junior race winners will receive N$3 000 each.

Veterans will be compensated with N$3 000 for a victory, while the masters' winners get N$1 500.

Registered athletes are required to pay an entry fee of N$40, while non-registered senior athletes will pay a N$50 fee.

Primary school boys and girls enter free of charge.

The prize-money is as follows:

Senior men and women (20-39 years)

Gold - N$5 000

Silver - N$3 000

Bronze - N$2 000

Fourth place - N$1 000

Junior men and women (14-19 years)

Gold - N$3 000

Silver - N$2 000

Bronze - N$1 000

Fourth place - N$700

Veteran men and women (40-49 years)

Gold - N$3 000

Silver - N$2 000

Bronze - N$1 000

Masters' men and women (50+ years)

Gold - N$1 500

Silver - N$1 000

Bronze - N$700

Primary school boys and girls (10-13 years)

Gold - N$1 000

Silver - N$700

Bronze - N$500

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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