Namupala, Ekandjo win Husab marathon

07 August 2018 | Sports

Adolf Kaure – The 2018 edition of the Husab marathon took place at the Husab Access Road yesterday.

In the men’s open category of the 42km race, Reonard Namupala emerged victorious crossing the finish line in 2:25:21 ahead of Matheus Kadhingula who clocked a time of 2:25:30. Erich Goeieman finished third with 2:31:39 on the clock.

The women’s open category of the 42km marathon was won by Leena Ekandjo who finished the race in 2:57:01 ahead of fellow Windhoek runner, Josephine Dumeni, who crossed the finish line in a time of 3:04:01. Third place belonged to Sofia Nambambi who secured her place on the podium in a time of 3:10:58.

This year’s Husab marathon drew more than 800 runners countrywide, which is a record. Speaking at the event’s prize giving, the governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, commended Swakop Uranium for sponsoring the Husab marathon for the last four years.

“The Husab marathon is an important event as it creates a platform for Swakop Uranium employees to integrate their families into the Erongo community and the entire Namibia. Most importantly it promotes and wellbeing of Namibians. I would like to commend Swakop Uranium through the Swakop Uranium Foundation for remaining committed to and ensuring the wellbeing of Namibians by sponsoring this event.

He said that the Husab marathon not only allows participants an opportunity to focus on their health and a fun day with the family, but also business opportunities for local catering businesses which is in line with achieving national development goals of the country. “As citizens, we must embrace what we have and enjoy what we have peace and stability of our country as well as the beautiful scenery that this country offers us.”

Through the Swakop Uranium Foundation, N$128 000 raised last year which was split between the Dibasen High School and Omatjete Combined School. “This money went a long way to uplifting our people in the rural areas to make sure they are also working towards the same level in terms of their school’s projects and programmes,” Mutjavikua said.

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