Clement Mshana, RCM Steering Committee Chairman, disclosed the participation of Minister Kigwangalla goes hand in hand with the participation of other senior government officials from the Lake Zone regions, including Mwanza Regional Commissioner, John Mongella, who has already confirmed to take part in the 42km race.
"The participation of the minister responsible for tourism is backed by the race’s core agenda, promotion of tourism specifically in the Lake Zone regions through sport," he said.
Rock City Marathon has increasingly gained popularity with the support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), and Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS).
Other sponsors and partners include TIPER, Pepsi, Lis Law Chambers & Consultants, Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), CF Hospital, Mwanza Water, Pigeon Hotel, Metro FM, The Cask and Grill, SDN and Garda World Security Company.
"The Lake Zone has got many touristic attractions that must be promoted internationally and we believe that RCM can help towards achieving this goal, especially from this year and, for the first time in its history, the marathon will involve a full marathon that is a 42 km race and thus incorporated into the athletics international calendar,” he said.
He mentioned some of the attractions found in the Lake Zone that include the Saanane Island, the Sukuma Museum, beautiful beaches of the Lake Victoria and the zone’s local residents’ cultural heritage.
Regarding the race’s prize, Mshana said the winners of the full marathon category for both men and women will take home 4m/- apiece, while the second placed athletes will receive 2m/- apiece, the third placed will earn 1m/- apiece.
“For the marathon and half marathon categories, prize money will be awarded to the top 10 male and female finishers,” he disclosed.
He pointed out winners of the 21km category in both men and women categories will receive 2m/- apiece, with second placed getting 1m/- apiece and third placed taking home 700,000/-.
Mshana said winners of the 5km race for corporates and people with albinism for both men and women categories will receive certificates of participation while prize money will be rewarded to people with albinism.
On the registration of the race, Mshana urged participants to continue on registering through various registrations centres located in Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Coast Region and Arusha.
He noted : ''Currently the registration for the race continues in various centres in Mwanza (Rock City Mall, Afro Twist Gym), Dodoma (Shabiby Bus Terminal), Dar es Salaam (Shamo Tower, Imalaseko Super Market), Heleana Fashion- Dar Free Market), Arusha, and Bagamoyo in the Coast Region .''
“Registration can also be done online through the Rock City Marathon website www.rockcitymarathon.co.tz,'' he mentioned.