Sports Reporter

THE determination to see athletics growing is what drives Collen Makaza and despite some challenges this year, he is looking at spreading his wings from long distance events to the track as well through his Mr Pace Athletics Club.

The club has four of its events lined up for 2021 included on the national calendar recently released by the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe.

The club, which is based in Chitungwiza, is popular for its cross-country events usually held in January. Some years back they used the stage the Mr Pace Marathon and they have been focusing more on nurturing long distance runners.

However, the club is aiming to spread its wings to the track competitions next year and is slated for May.

The club is also set to bring back the Mr Pace Marathon and introducing a half-marathon as well.

Speaking to The Herald, club owner Collen Makaza said there has been growing demand for track events and believes they can play their role by hosting some of the events.

“The idea for a track event is because of the demand from athletes. We want to increase competition, and promote juniors as well. For developmental purposes, instead of juniors going straight into road races, it’s good they start from track.

“2020 was a hard year for us. But for 2021 we are going to have our first event on the 31st of January which is the cross country event. We have changed the venue for next year because schools are closed to the public, they are not yet cleared to host any events.