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Sunday, September 20, 2020

NSGA-Love4gambia marathon underway

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The four-man team will run almost the entire length of The Gambia, measuring 424km on the south bank.

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NSGA officials told journalists Friday that the run which is now a regular event in the NSGA calendar started in 2011. 

“For the past three years, the marathon was led by the woman but this time it is headed by a male,” the association’s spokesman said. 

The runners, Momodou Sarr, Yankuba Bojang and Dodou Bah, will join Canadian Terry SanCartier on the country length marathon.

The marathon which was first initiated by the Canadian woman, Erin Poirier aimed at raising funds for NSGA’s peer health educational programmes at affiliated schools on malaria, HIV Aids, training of youth groups, community cinema shows and as well human resources.

Several Canadians, Erin Poirier, Andrea Moritz, Jennifer Pasiciel led the run in the past three years respectively while this year, Terry SanCartier  is leading it.

The run is well known around the towns and villages on the route with regional governors, school and education officials often helping in facilitating the run by cheering and sharing with runners.

The organisers urged the Gambian populace to appreciate this run as the funds will be used in The Gambia on humanitarian projects.

 

By Sise Sawaneh

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