Mkwawa Trail Run slated for next month

23Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Mkwawa Trail Run slated for next month

THE maiden Mkwawa Trail Run will be held in Kalenga, Iringa next month, organizers have disclosed.

Amani Sapi, who is one of the race’s organizers, said the event will be held on May 16 and will involve 38km, 12km, 5km races and cycling races.

He said the race gears towards promoting Iringa and surrounding area, noting due to this runners will use the same way, which Chief Mkwawa used in the battle against the Germans.

Sapi said there will then be celebrations at Kalenga grounds that hosted Chief Mkwawa headquarters before it was destroyed by the Germans.

"The aim of Mkwawa Trail Run is to open Iringa and surrounding areas to tourists, promote healthy lifestyle, conserve nature and also promote economic activities of people in this region,” he said.

He said the aim is to make the Mkwawa Trail Run one of the best in the world. He pointed out there will be cash prizes and other awards set aside for winners in all categories.

However, he stopped short of disclosing the cash prizes.

Nancy Mfugale, who is also one of the race’s organizers, said the race moreover targets to join government’s efforts to see to it that people are embracing healthy lifestyle by, among others, doing exercises.

"Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan is championing for healthy lifestyle so we though it wise to join her, the Mkwawa Trail Run is the best as it has running events for all people regardless of age," she said.

Acting Mayor for Iringa Municipal, Joseph Ryata, hailed the race’s organizers and the government for opening up the region to investors by among others constructing new airport in the region.