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Vic Falls Marathon entries soar

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

THE 16th edition of the Victoria Falls marathon set for this Sunday has breathed a new lease of life into the resort city as participation has jumped by over  20 percent compared to last year.

Local, and international runners have been drawn to the challenge of the scenic course, with 20 percent of participants being international, 30 percent regional and the rest being Zimbabweans.

“Last year our total entries at the end of the race were 4150, this year we are sitting on 5190, almost 5 200 that are registered entries, a growth of 21 percent overall. The full marathon has grown up to 53 percent, from 400 to 640 runners. The fun has also grown astronomically from 1500 to 1800 this year. We are now at capacity. We can’t take any more because the bridge limits a certain number of people to cross and turn around on the same route. We have a huge growth on the marathon this year,” said Marathon organiser, Mr. Brent

The marathon isn’t just about the race itself. It’s about the runners, their families, and the travel enthusiasts who come to experience the city’s unique atmosphere.

“I’m coming from Saudi Arabia, I always wanted to participate in this race since 2007, and I’m glad that I have made it this year,” said one of the participants.

Another added, “I’m from Spain and I’m glad to be here, Victoria Falls is an amazing place.”

“I’m happy to be hear on the marathon to support my daughters and to view various tourist sites in Victoria Falls,” another participant noted.

This surge in interest has brought a wave of positive energy to Zimbabwe’s tourism capital which is on a recovery path after the devastating COVID-19.

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