The first ever Kumasi Marathon, christened “Race for Education Campaign,” is set to take place on October 5, 2013.
The race, which will cover a distance of 42.2 kilometres, is open to competitors from all over the country and at stake is proposed cash prizes of GH¢ 5,000 and GH¢3,000 for the winners in the male and female competitions, respectively.
It will begin from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Junction at 7 a.m. through various routes before ending at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The marathon, which is designed to coincide with the celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, is aimed at creating awareness of the importance of education to the people of Ghana.
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It is being organised by Pure Creations Limited, a strategic marketing and communications company in Accra.
At a press briefing in Kumasi last Wednesday, the Chief Executive of Pure Creations, Mr Paul Boateng, said there were plans to institutionalise the event as an annual affair in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Keep Fit Clubs and other stakeholders to encourage the people to exercise regularly.
He mentioned some of the side attractions for the day as a musical concert featuring hip-life artistes and a mini-education fair on the eve of the event.
Mr Boateng indicated his company’s belief in sports as a tool for building the physical being and forging unity among the people.
“Sports had historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sports, physical activity or play.
“In fact, sports presents a natural partnership for human rights which must be respected and enforced worldwide,” he said.
The CEO stated that the event was also meant to play a role in getting Ghana to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 2 on achieving universal primary education by 2015.
By Kwame Asare Boadu/Daily Graphic/Ghana