By Sport Reporter
THE second leg of the Standard Bank and OTB Khoma s -Hochl and X-Trails, which was held at Avis Dam in Windhoek earlier this month, proved to be the biggest trail run event so far in the country, with over 600 participants.
The event saw children as young as four years old participating and consisted of a 7km and 15km route, with the option of either running or walking along the scenic hiking trails on the dam.
Standard Bank Head of Personal and Business Banking, Mercia Geises, who also participated in the 7km hike, said she was very pleased to see the turnout, because it was indicative of a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. “As a financial institution, Standard Bank understands the importance sport plays in the physical wellbeing of those taking part. At Standard Bank, we are committed to ensuring that Namibians adopt a healthy lifestyle, by aligning ourselves with the development of various sports in the country, through sponsorships,” she explained.
The bank has handed over an impressive sponsorship of over N$500 000 towards the event. OTB Sport’s Yvonne Brinkman said that she was elated to see so many people were participating this time around.
“What stood out for me were the good mix of people and the vast spectrum of participants. Men and women of various ages, top athletes and social athletes, family and friends, all participated in this event. It was a very social event and had a good atmosphere,” Brinkman said. The event also saw runners and hikers, who were first-timers at the Farm Godeis event, returning to the X-Trails.
One such runner was Nathalie Alexander, who said that the first event she had participated in had hooked her, and that she could not help but return.“I really enjoyed the first one I participated in at Farm Godeis, so I decided to come back. It’s a great experience, because it gives me time to be in nature; it gives me time to unwind and relax,” she said.
Alexander said that she found this leg easier than the first one, but was eager to try the third leg and hoped it would challenge her physical fitness. “I urge everyone who hasn’t tried the trails to participate, because it is a great experience, but I encourage you to practice, because walking or running for 7km or 15km is no joke,” Alexander said.
Fellow newcomer, Puye Nghiwanapo, shared Alexander’s sentiments, before stressing that after successfully completing the Farm Godeis trail, this had boosted her confidence, so she decided to return.
“The X-Trails not only challenge your body, but also challenges your mental resolve. I try to live a healthy lifestyle and the trails make me feel that I am on the right track in that healthier lifestyle journey,” she said.
Nghiwanapo also urged anyone who has not tried the event, it to take part, because it is a rewarding challenge and in the long-run. She said she was determined to participate in the next leg of the X-Trails.
The third and final leg of the X-Trails will take place on 14 October in Swakopmund. This new addition to the X-Trails is aimed at encouraging more people in the coastal regions to participate.
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