-industry and economic development so that it can invest more on empowering the races.
Speaking during the climax of the race held at the Rock City Mall Commercial Building in Mwanza last weekend, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Hamisi Kigwangalla, said the good attendance of participants from both inside and outside the country is an indicator that, there is a need for the government to use such events to promote tourism.
“I have seen hundreds of participants from different regions in the country come to take part in this race, and that is part of the domestic tourism. Further I witnessed the participation of our foreign counterparts including Kenya, Rwanda and others from outside the African continent,’’ the minister said.
"In order to measure real contribution of these kinds of events in the tourism sector and economic development, I call for scientific research so that the Government know how to support them to keep doing better," Kigwangalla, who also participated in the 21-km race, said.
Since its establishment 10 years ago, the Rock City Marathon has been attracting the attention of Kenyan and Rwandan participants, where last Sunday Kenyan athlete, Abraham Too, emerged victorious in the 42 km race on the men's side.
Too clocked 2:18:34 and was followed by his fellow Kenyans, William Koskei and John Muthui, who clocked 2:19:06 and 2:21:30 respectively.
Hamisi Athuman, who took the fourth place clocking 2:21:36, was the only Tanzanian athlete in the category’s top 10.
Kenya’s female athletes also won the top five positions in the race with Elilither Tamui clocking 2:42:50 to emerge the first winner followed by her fellow Kenyans Joan Rotich (2:46:07) and Lydia Wafula (2:48:57).
Tanzanians Fabiola John and Zainabu Hamis finished in the sixth and 10th places respectively.In the men’s 21km race, Bernard Musau from Kenya emerged the winner after clocking 01:11:26, followed closely by Ugandan athlete Ochieng Julius with 01:11:36.
Tanzanian Chacha Boy, who clocked 01:12:29, finished in the fifth place.
Kenyan Ester Kakuri won the women’s race after recording 1:21:44, followed by her compatriot, Vane Nyaboke with 1:22:13, while Tanzanian athlete Grace Jackson finished fifth with 1:24:23.
Rock City Marathon Technical Advisor, John Bayo, congratulated the Kenyan athletes for doing well.
He added Tanzania did not realize the participation of senior athletes as many of them are currently participating in international competitions and thus giving Kenyan athletes opportunity to win the races.
Rock City Marathon has increasingly gained popularity with the support from the Ministry of Natural Resources, The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA), the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), and Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS).
Other sponsors and partners include TIPER, Pepsi, Lis Law Chambers & Consultants, National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), CF Hospital, Mwanza Water, Pigeon Hotel, Metro FM, The Cask and Grill, SDN and Garda World Security Company.