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The Olympic African Day in Action Marathon 2018 which is the 4th  edition of the Annual AUSC Region 5 and COSANOC Marathon will be hosted in Windhoek, Namibia on the 23rd of June 2018.This year’s edition is being held in association with Nedbank Namibia under the CITI Dash title as part of the celebration of Olympism and Pan-Africanism in the Region.

This Regional Marathon is one of its kind as it’s the only marathon currently hosted and participated by all 10 of the Region’s Member Countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The 2018 event consists of a 21 km half marathon, 10 km and 5 km fun-walk for those who prefer to take it easy on the day.

This year’s edition becomes the 4th after having been hosted in Malawi in 2015, Mozambique in 2016 and Namibia in 2017 in Swakopmund.  We are grateful that Namibia is once again hosting the 4th edition but this time in Windhoek.  The 2018 edition is being hosted in collaboration with Nedbank Namibia as part of AUSC’s commercialisation strategy to partner with corporates in delivering the planned programmes. The partnership is ideal as both parties get to achieve their objectives as set in their terms of engagement.

The AUSC Region 5 CEO, Mr Stanley Mutoya said: “The Regional Marathon is now in its fourth edition. This event is growing from strength to strength since its inception in 2015. We are excited that in the fourth edition we welcome Nedbank Namibia’s acceptance to embrace us as an organisation. This is an indication that as the Region our programmes are commercially viable and sound. I hope this collaboration with Nedbank will grow and we will be able to deliver a similar but bigger event next year where athletes from the Region get an opportunity to participate and celebrate our African heritage and values of Olympism”.

COSANOC Secretary General, Mr Tuelo Serufho said: “One of the visions of COSANOC and National Olympic Committees is to work seamlessly with any like minded public and private entity in the countries. The partnership with AUSC Region 5 on this programme cements this commitment because it puts into action what we believe in. We are pleased to see this marathon grow from strength to strength and we know future host countries will be proud to be associated with this brand because it will grow to be a household brand in the sports calendar in the Region”.

The marathon expects to receive athletes from Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.  Regrettably, the Kingdom of Eswatini will not have the pleasure to join the rest of the countries in this edition, while Botswana and Zimbabwe were still finalising plans for their athletes’ possible participation in the extravaganza.