Aggrey Marealle, Managing Director of Executive Solutions, local coordinators of the event, said in a statement that Chikawe has accepted to be the chief guest who will flag off the race expected to attract more than 6,000 runners from over 40 countries and will hand over cash prizes and medals to winners of the 42km Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon.
“Chikawe will flag off the event and hand over prizes to the winners of the 42km race for both men and women categories.
The Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Leonidas Gama will also attend the event and take part in the prize giving ceremony,” he said.
Marealle added that Kilimanjaro Marathon has grown from strength to strength over a period of 13 years while gaining international recognition.
“On the local scene, the event has been a major platform for Tanzania to showcase its athletics talent while giving an opportunity to Tanzanians from all walks of life to take part in road running and enjoy the festivities, because the event has become one of the most anticipated in the local sports calendar,” he said.
He said the race will comply with rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and will be administered by the Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association, Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and Athletics Tanzania.
“In order to ensure safety of athletes and all participants in general, the Moshi Municipal Council has granted a permit and will close some of the municipal roads between 6:15am and 8:00am on the 1st March, 2015 to allow athletes run safely and comfortably,” said Marealle.
“This is in view of the significant growth in participation every year which has called for organisers to enhance precautionary safety measures since this is an international event.” He said Tanzania Breweries through Kilimanjaro Premium Lager brand have been sponsors of this event since its inception in 2003.
Their efforts in promoting and marketing the event coupled with support from the people of Moshi and government authorities in the regions are what have made it what it s today.
Other sponsors of the event are Tigo, GAPCO, Simba Cement and KK Security, among others, Keys Hotel, TPC Sugar, CMC Automobiles Ltd, RwandAir, FNB Tanzania, Kibo Palace Hotel, UNFPA and Kilimanjaro Water.
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