The Uhuru marathon in Dar es Salaam, which was officially launched last year, gets into its stride properly for the first time this year to mark the start of the country’s independence day on 9 December.
The 21 km course begins and ends at Leaders Club. There are also 5-km and 3-km races and the country’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, who is the marathon’s patron, has said that he will take part in the 3-km run.
The marathon is seen as more than just a major sporting event. Its stated purpose is to promote what its website says are the country’s core values of “love, peace and unity”.
The marathon’s committee hopes that the race will be upgraded to an international sporting event next year.