Namibia’s oldest coastal running and cycling event cancelled

Rudi Bowe

The Hangana Hake Run and Ride, Namibia’s oldest coastal running and cycling event slated for 2 October 2021 in Walvis Bay, has been cancelled again.

This is the second consecutive year that the annual sporting event, enjoyed by an estimated 1000 local and international participants will not take place.
The formerly known Lucky Star Marathon, the Hangana Hake Run, a half marathon and 10km fun run is pivotal for athletes aiming to qualify for the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons.
The event also offers a cycling category event that offers the same excitement and diversity to cycling enthusiasts in 2015, with the main event being a Namibian Cycling Federation sanctioned 105km road race.
Other cycling events include an off-road 21km fat bike race, which traverses sand dunes in the vicinity of Walvis Bay, the 21km mountain bike and also a 5km kiddie’s race.
The organisers, Hangana Seafood, said that a decision was taken to cancel the event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and related risk to the participants.
“We cannot ignore the reality of the times we live in. Our priority remains the health and safety of our participants, the protection of our staff, volunteers, suppliers, and the broader coastal community.
“We trust that all our stakeholders and participants will understand the responsibility we have towards each other to stay safe. We look forward to hosting the event on 8 October 2022.”

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