The 4th Husab Cup Marathon kicked off in Erongo Region, Namibia at 7 am local time on Aug 4, with 607 professional athletes and running enthusiasts from China, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe taking part.
Hosted by the CGN Swakop Uranium Co Ltd Foundation, the Husab Cup Marathon is one of the most popular international sports events in the area, with a record-breaking 900 or so people signing up this year.
The event featured a 42-kilometer full marathon, a 10-kilometer mini marathon and a five-kilometer mini marathon. The track started at the entrance of Namibian National Highway B2 and stretched about 21 kilometers to Husab Road.
Reonard Namupala won the first place in the hotly contested men’s full marathon, clocking two hours 25 minutes and 21 seconds. Last year’s winner Leena Ekandjo took gold in the women’s full marathon with a time of two hours, 57 minutes and one second, and was crowned “Queen of the Marathon” once again.
Swakop sent two employees, Winnie Mukupuki and He Fuping, to represent the company in a team named the Swakop Striders. Both completed the race.
The event was broadcast on live radio by the Namibian Broadcast Corporation (NBC). Percy McCallum, Swakop’s vice president of human resources, was interviewed by local journalists about the contribution made by the company and Husab Project to Namibia’s and Erongo’s socioeconomic development.
The Husab Cup Marathon not only brings health and happiness to Erongo and other Namibian regions, but also creates jobs for local medium and small catering enterprises. The event is solid evidence of Swakop’s effort to advance the Namibian National Development Plan, said Cleophas Mutjavikua, governor of Erongo, at the award ceremony.
It is expected that more enterprises or individuals will commit themselves to Euongo’s economic and social development, added Mutjavikua.
CGN’s Husab Project is China’s largest entity investment project in Africa. The mine has seen constantly increasing output since it produced its first bucket of uranium in late 2016. The annual output already exceeded 1,000 tons in 2017. The project is lauded as a paragon of Sino-African cooperation for injecting long-term vitality into the Namibian economy.