Close to 200 athletes have registered for tomorrow’s July 22 anniversary marathon, latest reports from the Organising Committee revealed to The Standard.
According to reports, the bulk of the athletes have opted for the 21 kilometer half marathon which is expected to attract stiff competition from the country’s best long distance runners.
The remaining events – 15 kilometers for girls and the 10 kilometer open race for students -have both recorded dozens of runners already.
The races will start at Lamin, Tallinding and Banjul Breweries respectively and athletes and officials are to gather at the starting points from 2-30pm.
The run tomorrow is put together by the NOC through a sub-committee for sport which uses technical expertise of the organisers of the Brufut Marathon among others.
According to Pa Faye of the NOC sub-committee for sports, the local officials at the various starting points have promised to stage a splendid show for participants and onlookers.
He announced that trophies, medals and cash prizes are all lined up for the event sponsored by President Jammeh to encourage sportsmen and women in celebrating the revolution.
Meanwhile, the Gambia Wrestling Association, GWA, are providing technical assistance in the ongoing selection of regional champions who are to meet in the national semi-fnals on October 17 at the Tallinding Buffer zone.
The grand finals are in Kanilai on October 19. Also sponsored by President Jammeh, the wrestling championship is expected to attract huge following with some the combatants enjoying large fan base.]]>