Remarks by Mr. Elias N. Mpondela - Launch of the Lafarge Lusaka Marathon (LLM) 2017 on Tuesday 31 JANUARY, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:59

THE CEO OF LAFARGE – MR. VINCENT BOUKAERT, MEMBERS OF THE PRESS, LADIES & GENTLEMEN, IT GIVES ME PLEASURE TO BE PART OF THE 4th LAFARGE LUSAKA MARATHON (LLM) LAUNCH.

THE MARATHON IS A LONG DISTANCE RUNNING EVENT WITH AN OFFICIAL DISTANCE OF 42.195KM (26.219 MILES, OR 26 MILES 385 YARDS), USUALLY RUN AS A ROAD RACE.

THE 42.195 KM WAS ADOPTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETICS FEDERATION (IAAF) IN 1921 WITH THE IAAF WORLD RECORD FOR MEN CURRENTLY BEING 2:02:57.

IT IS ALSO CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE CHALLENGING PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES ONE CAN CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN, PROVIDING EXTREME MENTAL AND PHYSICAL CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE RACE.

THE OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE HALF MARATHON (21KM) WHICH STILL REQUIRES A SERIOUS LEVEL OF TRAINING AND OBVIOUSLY HAS ITS OWN CHALLENGES. MANY RUNNERS ULTIMATLY USE THE HALF MARATHON AS A STEPPING STONE TOWARDS THE MARATHON.

THE 10KM IS A CATEGORY FOR RUNNERS OF ALL ABILITIES WHOSE DISTANCE IS PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS AND IS ALSO MORE OF A SPRINT RACE. OTHER RACES INCLUDE THE 5KM WHICH IS ENCOURAGED FOR FAMILIES AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS.

ZAAA AND LAFARGE INTEND TO MAKE A LONG TERM GOAL TO MAKE THE LLM AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT THAT WILL ATTRACT RUNNERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IN DOING SO, WE HAVE TO ESTABLISH THE LUSAKA MARATHON AS THE LEADING ROAD RACE EVENT HERE IN THE SOUTHERN REGION.

WE ARE THANKFUL TO THE PARTNERS THAT HAVE COME ON BOARD BEFORE AND URGE THE CORPORATE WORLD TO PARTNER WITH LAFARGE AND ZAAA.

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

 

 

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