Mwanza: October 14, 2018: The 9th Edition of the Rock City Marathon will truly live up to its name after organisers revealed dozens of runners from across the world have already signed up to take part. The 42 km run is scheduled to flag off at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on October 28this year.
According to the RCM Chairman, Mr Zenno Ngowi, best-ever numbers are coming from Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, the USA, Canada, China, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC Congo, while Kenya continues to provide the most number of visiting international runners.
''With still over two weeks remaining until entries close, over 200 runners from 11 overseas countries have signed up to take part in the event'', said Mr Ngowi through his statement distributed to the media earlier today.
"It's great that runners from around the world are entering the Rock City Marathon, as this highlights our truly international reputation as a sporting event...this is a testament to the standard of the events we have in the Lake Zone," he said.
"Interest in this event is at fever pitch, with the 42km race and other races selling quickly. We expect to attract more than 5000 local and international competitors including family and supporters – this will give the Lake Zone tourism industry a great boost.'' he added
According to Mr Ngowi the event showcases the region to the international visitors as its route takes in iconic city sights like Bismarck Rock, The Vic Fish Roundabout, the Rock City Mall and the Mwanza Furahisha Bridge before finishing at CCM Kirumba.
He said Lake Zone is widely regarded as one of the birthplaces of mass participation long-distance running events and the Rock City Marathon would keep on cementing the city's position as the country's capital of running.
However he acknowledged that the local media exposure of the Rock City Marathon has contributed to the increased profile of the event.
" For example, the live television coverage of the Rock City Marathon last year generated hours of air time with a potential reach into millions households across the country,"
"In addition, the online content of the Rock City Marathon is available for the whole world to see and interact, complementing the significant global audience engaged on social media.''
"Targeted long-term marketing strategies in collaboration with our beloved sponsors that are Puma Energy Tanzania, Tiper, Tanapa, Ttb, Nssf, Gold Crest, New Mwanza Hotel, Cf Hospital, CocaCola, Metro Fm, Ef Outdoor, Kk Security, Belmont Fairmount Hotel , Bigie Customs and Global Education Link have resulted in unprecedented participation numbers from local and overseas markets," he said.
He mentioned the registration centres for race that are New Mwanza Hotel , Rock City Mall, The Gym Buzuruga, Nyakato mecco sokoni, Buzuruga Stand, Biggie co. ltd Mwanza, Ladies Collection shop –Kirumba Sokoni, Magu Simiyu, Viwanja vya Nyamagana, Radio Metro Fm, Semira Eletronics, Lake Radio and Nyegezi Stand.
The registration will also feature Geita, Simiyu, Shinyanga and Arusha regional athletic offices, according to the chairperson while adding : "In Dar es Salaam the registration centre is located at Shamo Tower Mbezi beach,'' he mentioned.
The Rock City Marathon has been held over the past eight consecutive years. Apart from being an avenue to spot and nurture talent, the event complements the Government's efforts to promote tourism specifically in the Lake Zone through athletics.