A MARATHONER from Kenya, Samuel Mungara last Saturday emerged winner of the 10km pre-Millennium Marathon race held to gather momentum for the main event which is slated for Saturday, September 22 at the Independence Square.
The event, which started from the offices of the Millennium Marathon Sporting Limited at Nima through some principal streets of Accra and back to the starting point, saw the Kenyan athlete beat the pack to finish in a time of 29.05 secs.
“I am very happy to be in West Africa for the first time and encouraged Ghanaians and other Africans to take athletics serious. Ghana is a football nation but there may be some talents who can run and they need encouragement so our leaders should intervene by investing in infrastructure and facilities for sports, he told the Graphic Sports in a post event interview.
The 26-year-old athlete won the Kinmin International Marathon held last January in Taiwan and the Parkland Marathon held in Kenya in 2017.
Mungara, a graduate of the Liit College in Kenya, is in Ghana together with Tanzanian long distance runner, Mariam Ismail and they are expected to encourage and motivate many athletes across Africa to join the main event in September.
Ramzy Ocansey, a triathlete finished second while Kwasi Savi, Ishaaq Martei Marmah and Joseph Kumsier finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Over 100 professional athletes and keep fit clubs, schools, churches and lovers of the sport participated in the pre-marathon race which was interlaced with brass band music to keep the participants excited.
According to Ambassador Ashim Morton, the CEO of the Millennium Marathon, this year’s event has been designed to encourage more people to participate.
“We want to encourage more people to take athletics and long distance running serious so we are bringing two top athletes from East Africa, including Mariam Ismail from Tanzania, to participate in this year’s event.
The 10km race ended with an aerobics and fan fair at the premises of the Millennium Marathon Sporting Limited at Nima.
So far, the organisers have held a number of activities, including the official launch of the Millennium Marathon Raffle held in May at the offices of the National Lotteries Authority, a visit to the factories of Twellium Ghana Limited at Nsawam, a sponsor of the event and a short ceremony held on Wednesday, June 27, to unveil Impact Clinic as the official medical outfit for the event.
The Big Millennium Marathon is sponsored by Twellium Ghana Ltd, Unilever, Japan Motors, Elite Sports, Garmin, Blue Skies, Whirlpool, Papaye Fast Foods, Alliance Insurance, Impact Medical Center, Can West and Royal Habits.