N$100 000 up for grabs at Hake Run and Ride

Rudi Bowe

The 2019 Hangana Hake Run and Ride was launched last Friday during a function at Hangana Seafood Processors in Walvis Bay. This year an enormous N$100 000 in prize money is up for grabs.

The annual Hake Run and Ride is a highlight on the coast’s annual sport calendar and takes place this year on 5 October.  Online registrations are open and can be done on the event’s website. Hangana Seafood, a subsidiary of O&L Group, is for the third consecutive year the main sponsor of the event. Hangana sponsors around N$90 000 and Nedbank spends N$100 000 on this event every year. Nedbank is known for its tremendous contribution to cycling.
Drawing close to 1 000 entries each year, this year’s Hangana Hake Run and Ride will once more consist of cycling and running events. That includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10 kilometre fun run, as well as a 90 kilometre road cycling race, 21 kilometre mountain bike race and 5 km kiddies’ race.
The marathon serves as an official qualifier for the Two Oceans- and Comrades marathons in South Africa. The 90 kilometres road cycling race is a Namibia Cycling Federation sanctioned event. Nedbank Namibia also undertook to sponsor the official Comrades Marathon and South African National Triathlon Coach Lindsey Parry, to take part in this year’s Hangana Hake Run and Ride.
To ensure a fun-filled family outing on race day, Hangana Hake Run and Ride forms part of the annual ‘Walvisfees’ hosted at Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay, where the start and finish line is for all the events.
Hangana Seafood Managing Director, Herman Theron, at the launch said Hangana Seafood Processors is proud to host this event in Walvis Bay and that its part of company’s corporate social responsibility portfolio. Events like this also encourage a healthy lifestyle through the run and ride.
“Fifteen per cent of all registration fees are donated to a local charity. In 2018, Sunshine Centre, which cares for children with physical and mental disabilities in Walvis Bay, was the recipients of an amount of N$26 000. The 2019 recipient has been identified as the Early Childhood Development Centre at Lüderitz ”, Theron added.
Race organizer, Francois van der Merwe explained the Hangana Hake Run and Ride attracted the attention of a travel agent in Germany specialising in sport tourism. Subsequently it has been added to the travel agent’s 2020 and 2021 catalogue of sport packages.
The organisers are also going the extra mile to ensure the muddy condition experienced last year with the long distance cycling event will be avoided this year. The new route will include the new, partially completed tar road behind the dune belt that connects Swakopmund and Walvis Bay (MR44). Due to road construction works on this road in 2018, the organisers had to opt for an alternative gravel road.
The fat bike race category was removed due to the small number of entries in the past. The 21 km mountain bike race and 10 km fun run remain the same as last year. This offers all participants the unique opportunity to appreciate Walvis Bay’s lagoon and wet land scenery.

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