Second edition of the CBZ Marathon set for March 8 @OGs

By ZBC Reporter
THE second edition of the financial services giant, CBZ Holdings Marathon, will be held on the 8th of March with top South African and previous winner of the 2019 Comrades marathon, Edward Mothibi the major drawcard.
The race is expected to attract all the country’s top athletes as it is one of the most lucrative races after the Old Mutual marathon and being a qualifier for SA’s premier Comrades and Two Oceans marathon.
The event is scheduled for Old Georgians Sports Club on Sunday 8th and is being organised in conjunction with the Harare Athletics club and administered Harare athletics Board.
‘Edward Mothibi is definitely coming and will be the major drawcard for this year’s second edition of the CBZ marathon,’ said CBZ Corporate Affairs Executive Matilda Nyathi.
Edward Mothibi won the 2019 Comrades Marathon in just his second attempt at the ultra-distance race. Mothibi, who finished in fourth place in 2018, came home in 5:31:33 ahead of 2018 winner Bongmusa Mthembu. The 34-year-old hails from Mahikeng in the North West of South Africa.

A record number of runners are expected at the starting line to race across three distances – 400 for the 42km, 600 for the 21km and 500 for the 10km which have lucrative prize money for the winners. The fun run 5 km has a limit of 250 runners. Entry fee for all races is $180 ZWL. Unlike the first edition, this time around registration will be done through an online platform.
CBZ Holdings’ group have confirmed Mothibi will grace the event adding that they were busy with sorting out logistical arrangements for what has become one of the biggest and highly anticipated road races in the country.
Sources said some of the kits and equipment, which will be used during the event, will be coming from South Africa while a number of international athletes including Mothibi and a number of Kenyans, South Africans and Zimbabwean based in neighbouring countries have confirmed their registration for the one of most lucrative road races on the Zimbabwean athletics calendar.
The marathon as expected has already attracted high-profile runners from around the country as it is going to be used as a qualification event for both the Old Mutual Two Oceans and the Comrades marathon in South Africa later this year.
The Soweto Marathon as one of the hardest road races in the country because of the challenging route and because the event is staged late in the year.
Qualifying for the 2020 Comrades Marathon is applicable as of 24 August 2019 till 4 May 2020. The qualifying criteria for next year’s Comrades Marathon will be to complete a standard 42.2km marathon in under 4 hours and 50 minutes, or a 56km ultra-marathon in under 6 hours and 45 minutes.”