PPC Matopos 33 Miler Returns After Four-Year Hiatus

Written by on April 8, 2024

Charity Chikara


The PPC Matopos 33 Miler Ultra Marathon returned yesterday, April 7th, after a four-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 53km race, themed “Sure Race 2.0,” saw runners compete in the 5km, 15km, 21km, and 53km categories.

In his address prior to the prize handover ceremony, PPC Cement’s Managing Director, Albert Sigei, expressed gratitude for the high turnout and highlighted PPC’s commitment to promoting health, wellness, and community spirit.

“At PPC, we are committed to promoting health, wellness, and community spirit, and events like these align perfectly with our values. We are proud to support initiatives that encourage active lifestyles, celebrate achievements, and bring people together in the spirit of friendly competitions.

Beyond the marathon, we do support other activities in support of organizations that are making positive impacts in our communities. As part of that, we are proud sponsors of Active Youth Zimbabwe, an organization that is dedicated to fighting drug abuse and promoting healthy lifestyles amongst young people, he said.

He announced that proceeds from the event would support health and wellness initiatives. One is Active Youth Zimbabwe, an organization fighting drug abuse in Bulawayo communities. A truckload of cement was also donated to the cause.

Romio Matshazi, founder and director of Active Youth Zimbabwe, praised the initiative’s potential to reduce youth substance abuse by promoting sports activities.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event in an interview with Skyz Metro FM, Winners Prosper Mutwira and Chiedza Chokore, from the Nedbank running club, expressed their excitement and gratitude after winning USD$2,000 each in the male and female categories.

“I am very happy for winning this amazing prize, USD$2000 is a great price that will impact our lives positively. I greatly appreciate the support and sponsorship that we get from Nedbank and also the great support from PPC by organizing and making this possible, “said Mutwira.

Sharing the same excitement, Chokore said “I am delighted with my results today, winning the 33miller is a great achievement for me I would like o extend my gratitude to PPC and mainly Nedbank for getting us where we are today. I will definitely continue taking part in this competition in future”.

Top finishers in all categories received prizes, with some senior runners completing the 53km race in record times.

Bulawayo Athletics Board chairman Watson Madanyika welcomed the event’s return, emphasizing its importance in helping local athletes qualify for major competitions like the Olympics and world championships.

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