Zimbabwe Republic Police athlete, Isaac Mpofu won the inaugural JM Busha 54 races for peace and unity in Africa (42 km) held at the National Sports Stadium in a time of 2 hours 17 minutes 42 seconds.
The inaugural JM Busha 42 km race, is part of a series of 54 to be held throughout the continent to promote peace and unity using sport as a tool for development.
The race which also included the traditional 5 km fun race, 10km, the 21 km and42 km marathon attracted most of the big names in local athletics and Mpofu beat a huge field in his first attempt.
In second place was Lionel Muchena of Harare Athletics Club and Gilbert Mutandiro in third place.
The first woman home in the 42 km was Chiedza Chokore, ZRP’s Olivia Chitate second and Lizzie Chokore made it a family affair on the podium in third.
National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president, Tendai Tagara paid tribute to sponsor JM Busha’s investments group in South Africa for partnering his association in the promotion and development of sport of athletics in particular.
JM Busha 54 races chairman, Misheck Gondo said while Zimbabwe hosted the inaugural race, another one in July would feature top athletes from the whole of Africa and region marking regional championships.
The race will result in JM Busha peace and fellowships for talented athletes from all 54 nations.
Throughout the year NAAZ hosted track and field developmental championships in Harare at the UZ and Bulawayo which also culminated in the finals at the National Sports Stadium on this Africa Day as part of the day’s celebrations.