Speech by Mr. Elias Mpondela on the Launch of LLM 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 March 2016 11:02

PRESS STATEMENT

SPEECH BY MR. ELIAS MPONDELA (ZAAA PRESIDENT) - LAUNCH OF THE LAFARGE LUSAKA MARATHON (LLM) 2016 ON THURSDAY 17 MARCH, 2016 AT LAFARGE – 18:00

Download PDF Full Statement here SPEECH BY MR. ELIAS MPONDELA (ZAAA PRESIDENT) - LAUNCH OF THE LAFARGE LUSAKA MARATHON (LLM) 2016 ON THURSDAY 17 MARCH, 2016 AT LAFARGE – 18:00MR. Elias N. Mpondela - ZAAA President

THE CEO OF LAFARGE – MR. EMMANUEL RIGAUX, THE SWEDISH AMBASSADOR, AMBASSADOR ARTHUR MATTLI, MEMBERS OF THE PRESS, LADIES & GENTLEMEN, IT GIVES ME PLEASURE TO BE PART OF THE 3RD LAFARGE LUSAKA MARATHON (LLM) LAUNCH.

A MARATHON IS A DISTANCE OF 42.195km WHICH FOR MANY IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCOMPLISH, BUT WHEN WE DECIDE TO RUN FOR A REASON, THIS DISTANCE IS ACHIEVABLE. DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND , WE HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED THE 21km. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE THE 10km AND THE 5km FAMILY WALK. WE ARE PROUD TO SAY THAT THE ROUTES ARE MEASURED BY MR. NORRIE WILLIAMSON FROM SOUTH AFRICA, THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATHELTICS FEDRATIONS( IAAF) A-GRADE APPROVED ROUTE MEASURER. AS THE ROUTE IS OFFICIALLY MEASURED, PARTICIPANTS CAN USE THEIR TIME TO ENTER OTHER INTERNATIONAL MARATHONS AND RUNNING EVENTS, SUCH AS THE LONDON & NEW YORK MARATHONS, THE COMRADES AND TWO OCEANS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

THE ZAMBIA AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (ZAAA) AND LAFARGE ZAMBIA ARE TOGETHER WORKING OUT A MORE EFFICIENT AND OUTCOME RELATED COOPERATION. OUR GOAL IS TO SOON HAVE A BRONZE LABEL INTERNATIONAL MARATAHON. TO ATTAIN THIS GOAL, WE NEED TO CLOSE ALL GAPS ESPECIALLY THE FULL ROAD CLOSURE AND REWARDING OF ELITE ATHLETES.

THIS YEAR, THE MARATHON ROUTE WILL BE A TWO TIME LAP OF THE HALF MARATHON ROUTE. THIS APART FROM ENHANCING SECURITY OF THE RUNNERS, WILL PROVIDE HIGH VISIBILITY AND ENTERTAINMENT TO THE SPECTATORS, AND WE BELIEVE RUNNERS WILL ALSO ENJOY.

ALSO YOU MAY WISH TO KNOW THAT ALL THE COURSES ARE VERY FAST, THE HEIGHT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HIGHEST AND THE LOWEST POINT OF THE MARATHON AND THE HALF MARATHON ROUTE IS ONLY 30meters, WHICH ALLOWS PARTICIPANTS GOOD POSSIBILITIES TO RUN THE FASTEST MARATHON OF THEIR LIVES.

THE LAFARGE LUSAKA MARATHON (LLM) WHICH IS BEING HELD ON APRIL 30, 2016 IS AN EVENT THAT PROMOTES WELLNESS & RAISE THE SPIRIT & VALUES OF A MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY. SUPPORT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO LAFARGE ZAMBIA IN RAISING FUNDS IN THE VARIOUS CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT.

WITH THESE REMARKS, I SAY THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

ELIAS N. MPONDELA

ZAAA PRESIDENT

 

 

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