Friday, 24 February 2012

Kilimanjaro Marathon Should Bring More Tourists

THE annual Kilimanjaro Marathon will be run again in Moshi municipality on Sunday. This is one of the most popular of the exotic global marathon destinations and is an unusual mix of rural African highland scenery and top flight international runners.
For the 10th consecutive year, Kilimanjaro Marathon has been the most exciting event in the Tanzanian athletics calendar. It has brought a whole new level of competition, international glamour to the sport of road running in Tanzania.
According to the organisers, the event brings together over 40 nationalities including a strong contingent from Kenya, who have dominated long distance running for the past four decades.
The race has always been amazing experience especially for foreign runners, who normally flocks Moshi and explore the adventure of running under the foothills of Africa's mighty and roof top, Mt Kilimanjaro. Many foreign runners are also attracted to the race, hoping to add Tanzania Safari on to their experience.
We hope this year's event would remain the same, with thousands foreign runners registering to compete in the 42.2km, 21.1 km and disabled race as well as the 5km fun-run. The race also attracts thousands of local runners both youngsters and experienced top runners.
History shows that the many top athletes who are representing the country in various international competitions have emerged through this race. The likes of Desdery Lucian Hombo, Sara Majah and Jumanne Tulway have all come through Kilimanjaro Marathon.
There will also be an addition economic benefit to the people of Moshi town because of the increase in the influx of people from outside the town and the country as well. All these people will need services such as communication, hotels bookings and food and this would definitely improve money circulation in town. It is from this fact that we call for organisers to make sure that the event remains nothing but a success. It is our hope that this year's event will be action packed to both locals and foreign runners.


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