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IMBUBE EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE LOOMS

MBABANE – There are 16 days to go before the deadline of the Imbube Marathon early registration.

The registration began on July 24, 2023, for the event that is set to take place on October 1, 2023. Late registration will take place from August 14, 2023 until September 10, 2023. The race will be held at Somhlolo National Stadium. The process can be done online via the marathon website (www.imbube-marathon.com) using debit/credit cards. It can also be done manually by visiting any of the Eswatini National Provident Fund (ENPF) branches. The organising committee is said to be working on having MTN Mobile Money (MoMo), Eswatini Mobile E-mali and the Standard Bank mobile app as other registration platforms.  

The registration costs differ depending on the race an athlete will join. For the 42.2 kilometres, participants are expected to pay an amount of E215; 21.1km runners will part with E185. The entry fee for the 10km event is E160. Taking part in the 3.3km race is free and this event is for the elderly. These costs are inclusive of the race running licence. Individual race packs may be collected from the Happy Valley Hotel from September 28, until September 30, 2023 at 9am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, collection will start at 10am until 10pm. Local corporates, groups or running clubs may collect their packs from the ENPF headquarters parking in Manzini from September 26, 2023, then join the individuals. Worth noting is that the race was re-launched at Happy Valley Hotel on July 5, 2023, with a E530 000 sponsorship from various companies.

The sponsors include Eswatini Standard Bank, Stefanutti Stocks, Old Mutual, Municipal Council of Manzini and Build It. It is expected to attract close to 5 000 athletes and road runners from clubs and individuals. The last time it was staged in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, it saw about 5 000 athletes participating. It is beyond reasonable doubt that Imbube Marathon is the biggest marathon event as it attracts runners from across the globe and is financially backed by ENPF. The pioneer of the race is His Majesty King Mswati III and earnings from the marathon are donated to different needy schools across the country.