Ya Toivo Marathon keeping the legacy alive

27 February 2020 | Sports

Close to 400 runners have already signed up for the first Ya Toivo Half Marathon, set for Saturday.

Organised by the Windhoek City Runners Club, the race aims to celebrate the legacy of Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, an anti-apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner.

Ya Toivo, who passed away in 2017 and who was laid to rest at Heroes' Acre in Windhoek, was a fitness fanatic according to the public relations officer of the Windhoek City Runners Club, Frans Amakali. Amakali said they had consultations with the Ya Toivo family and they responded positively to the name of the marathon. He further said that they also cater for those who would like to walk, and are still looking to sign 300 more runners before Saturday. “With this marathon, we want to bring people from all walks of life together. We have invited corporate as well as social runners to take part.

“At the moment, we have elite runners from the Namibian Defence Force as well as from the Correctional Service. Most of these runners will use this event as part of their training for bigger running events,” Amakali added.

The race will start and end at the Dr Agostino Neto Park in Ausspannplatz.

Entries for the five, 10 and 21.1km race are N$50, N$100 and N150 respectively, and will still be open tomorrow. All paid up entries, and 10 and 21.1km participants will receive a complimentary gift. Every participant who finishes the race will also walk away with a medal.

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