The annual Ngorongoro Race which has always been an on and off thing, but is finally on again and this time set to race in November 2023.
There have also been a few changes; for this year, the Ngorongoro Race, which is organized by the Meta Sports Promotions has taken aboard a new partner, the SOS Children Villages.
As usual, the Ngorongoro Race will be staged in Karatu District, with the marathon being flagged off from the Loduare Gate Station, which is the main entrance to both the Ngorongoro Conservation and Serengeti National Park from Arusha.
The marathon runs on Sunday, the 26th of November 2023. At least 2000 participants will be racing.
This athletic event used to be held every April, but later shifted dates to August and then again September and now the Marathon is coming up in November.
It seems the organizers are still not sure which month will now be the official slate for the Ngorongoro Race.
All the same, the main organizer, Meta Petro, a veteran athlete himself, says the race still features the main half-marathon 21 kilometers, as well as the 10 kilometers and 5 kilometers categories.
They will run from Ngorongoro Gate to the Rhotia Hill hamlet before turning back and finishing the race at the Mazingira Bora grounds in Karatu Township.
“All top runners in the country such as Failuna Abdi, Gabriel Geay and Magdalena Shauri and others were all products of the previous instalments of the Ngorongoro Race.
The theme of this year’s Ngorongoro Marathon race is ‘No child should be left alone,’ and focuses on assisting young children and youth.
Previously, the Ngorongoro Race carried other missions such as fighting against wildlife poaching and illegal harvesting of natural resources.
Race coordinator Emmanuel Sanga, from SOS said they expect more than 2000 runners to participate in the Ngorongoro Race 2023.
Noah Joram Mwakyalabwe is the Program Manager for the SOS Children Village in Tanzania.
Noah explains that the organization has decided to partner up with Meta Sports for the event because they also have a project in Karatu.
“We are working to raise funds for outreach missions that are targeting to rescue children who live under difficult and dangerous environments as well as homeless youth,” said Joram.
The race targets to raise more than 160 million/- to support such programs.
SOS Villages, which entered into Tanzania over 30 years ago, run humanitarian projects in Arusha, Mwanza, Iringa and Dar-es-salaam as well as Zanzibar and Pemba in the Isles.