Cellular service providing company Tigo has enlisted, through sponsorship, top six winners of last year’s Ngorongoro Run to participate in the 2015 Kilimanjaro Marathon on Sunday.

Tigo’s Northern Zone Director David Charles explained that sponsorship of the two marathons was part of the company’s initiative to promote sports and expose the country’s talented sport personalities to the world of athletics.

The six Ngorongoro Run runners funded to run in the Kilimanjaro Marathon are Alphonse Felix, who won the race last year, Joseph Theopil and Andrea Sambu.

The women include Catherine Lange, who topped the category last year, Failuna Abdi and Mary Naali. The Telcom company has dished out 80 million/- to sponsor the Tigo Kili Half- Marathon (21km).

More than 5,000 athletes from nearly 40 countries will compete in the race. “Tigo’s spirit of participation in this event is borne out of commitment to the development of sports and every social and economic aspect of this country, including tourism promotion and environmental conservation,” said Charles, adding that his company recognises the ‘northern zone’ as a commercial and tourist hub.

The northern zone, which comprises Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Singida and Dodoma regions, has been a major beneficiary of Tigo’s sponsorships and corporate responsibility initiatives which seek to directly transform the social welfare of the people in the areas of education, health, environment, entrepreneurship, job creation, arts and sports.

Tigo also reinforced its commitment to support the Ngorongoro Half-Marathon as well as all future Kilimanjaro Marathon events, in addition to ensuring that professional sportsmen and women are given a chance to concentrate fully on athletics and enable Tanzania to produce professional runners of international standards.

By MARC NKWAME, Tanzania Daily News

Courtesy of in2eastafrica.net

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