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Kenya’s Gold Medalist Runner, Moses Kiptanui to grace Lake Manyara Marathon in Tanzania

Retired Gold Medalist long distance runner, Moses Kiptanui will be making an appearance at the forthcoming Lake Manyara Marathon in Tanzania

Kenyan Gold Medalist and ace world’s top athlete, Mosses Kiptanui is among the top dignitaries set to grace the Lake Manyara Marathon coming up in Arusha, October 2023.

Kiptanui won’t be alone, because the Tanzanian International Athlete, Emmanual Giniki, who has been appointed the Goodwill ambassador of the race, will also be around during the race which gets flagged off from the Mto-Wa-Mbu hamlet in Monduli District.

On the other hand, representatives from Posso International Promotions, the leading sports management agency are some of the top delegates from overseas expected to attend the forthcoming Lake Manyara Marathon of Arusha.

“Officials of Posso International are coming to witness the Marathon and possibly also recruit new potential international racers,” said the organizer Morris Leonard Okinda, adding that the Marathon wants to come up with athletes that will be representing the country to international events.

Posso International Sports Management usually handles big international sports men and women and in Tanzania the outfit manages athletes such as Alphonce Simbu, Gabriel Geay and Emmanuel Giniki, already big names in sports.

“The race, which covers mostly cultural and attractive sites, will double as an active tourism event, cultural sampling fair and talent identifying platform,” said Morris Leonard Okinda, the Director of GreenLeaf Mohar.

More than 3000 athletes will be racing along with wildlife in the forthcoming Lake Manyara Half Marathon, which is now scheduled for 29 October 2023.

The Marathon races in three categories, including the main 21 kilometers event, a ten kilometers executive race and 5 kilometers fun run all taking place adjacent to Lake Manyara National Park.

‘Racing in the Country of Flamingo,’ is the guiding theme and indeed, all participants will be given special ‘Flamingo,’ T-shirts, in honor of the pink birds of Manyara.

The Marathon will be flagged off from the Lake Manyara National Park entry gate and climaxes at the Barafu grounds of Mto-wa-Mbu.

Morris Okinda added that they have chosen the area because most residents of Mto-wa-Mbu have always been playing the role of tour and safari guides to foreign visitors.

“Mto wa-Mbu is also a spectacular tourist destination in its own right, starting from being located next to Lake Manyara National as well featuring cultural offerings such as traditional food, cultural ornaments, banana plantations and paddy farms,” he added.

Mto-wa-Mbu happens to be a cultural melting point for both locals and foreigners.

The small but very active township is perched below the Great Rift Valley wall and serves as gateway to Karatu, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.

Coca-Cola through the Bonite Bottlers Limited of Moshi and their Kilimanjaro Natural Spring Water is among the race sponsors. Others are Tigo Mobile, Jungle Pearl Lodge, Tanzania Cultural Tourism and the Scorpion Tour Company.

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