Group plans virtual marathon after public health concerns

By ZBC Reporter

A virtual run and walk event has been organised by the Adventist Athletics Club Zimbabwe following public health concerns as most sporting competitions are largely suspended.

With the world battling the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a reprieve for marathon enthusiasts who were looking forward to the event which has been postponed to the 6th of next month. However, Athletics enthusiasts are in for a treat as they are set to take part in a virtual road race.

The event dubbed,’Fitness for Touching Lives,’ seeks to raise funds for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic under the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

Adventist Athletics Club Zimbabwe Public Relations and Communications Officer Tafara Ncube says “they had opted to go the virtual route as a way of protecting the passion around the sport while maintaining set health guidelines.”

Participants will compete in 5km, 10km and 21km races through the use of all acceptable running applications.

“What we encourage our participants is for them to use their running apps to record their start and finish times. Then they will have to go to the to send their running stats with champion chip Africa which is going to determine who the winner is and what sort of time you managed to finish with,” says Ncube.

We have been thrashed into a situation where we are unable to meet because of the COVID 19 pandemic. So we have had our lives stop a little bit but we had to rethink how athletes and everyone who is a fitness lover can begin to get back into action. Doing virtual runs is one way we can come together and do one thing together but in various locations,” he adds.

Virtual events have become the norm as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sports such as tennis and Formula 1 have made use of virtual platforms to conduct various competitions.


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