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‘Bigger’ Nedbank CitiDash returns

The returning Nedbank CitiDash promises to be an unparalleled experience for runners and the community alike, say event organisers.

Nedbank Namibia announced yesterday that its premier mass-participation event is scheduled for a comeback on 10 September in the heart of Windhoek.

The third event of its kind, it signifies the joy of interaction, the renewal of communal bonds and shared experiences, after the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the support of professional race organisers, Cycletec and OTB Sport, the CitiDash guarantees to set the scenic streets of the capital city abuzz with excitement. Bringing together individuals, schools, and corporations.

“We believe that this exclusive race will once again attract top-tier elite runners, enthusiastic and novice runners and walkers, and even families who are just looking to have a fun and active outing. We further believe that this year, the Nedbank CitiDash will once again have one of the greatest line-ups that Namibia running has ever seen,” said Nedbank Namibia retail and business banking executive JG Van Graan, at the CitiDash launch yesterday.

“Nedbank believes that running provides an opportunity to touch the lives of all Namibians. As a longstanding supporter of the sport, Nedbank is truly delighted to be the title sponsor of the third edition of the Nedbank CitiDash.

Nedbank Namibia has advanced N$400 000 towards the event, with auxilliary support coming from Checkers, Ineos, iStore, Namibia Health Plan and Paratus.

“Every year, this event brings us together in a way few others can. It’s not just about the thrill of the race; it’s about the shared spirit and camaraderie. It’s a unique experience and one I’ve really been looking forward to. I can’t wait to see the sense of community this year’s race will foster,” said OTB Sport manager Yvonne Brinkmann.

The 2 500 competitors in 2019 were a tremendous turnout, and race partners are certain that this year’s CitiDash will be even more successful, she said.

With enhanced participation, fortified community spirit, and an elevated emphasis on health and wellness, the race is anticipated to surpass all expectations, Brinkmann noted.

The Nedbank CitiDash “is a must-attend event, whether you’re a dedicated runner, a race-walker, or just searching for the ideal family adventure”.

It has two distances: a 5km and a 10km race. The starter’s gun is expected to go off at 07h00. For elite runners participating in the 10km CitiDash, the qualifying time is set at 50 minutes.

Prize money of N$40 000 is up for grabs for the elite men and women, as well as the top under-18 male and female athletes, and the top visually impaired and wheelchair athletes, courtesy of Nedbank’s generous sponsorship.

The 5km and 10km fun run entry fees are N$50, whereas the 10km elite run entry fee is N$250. Group entries exceeding 30 participants earn a discount, and online entry is possible via the CitiDash website or via PayToday.