The Lucky Star Marathon, Namibia’s premier coastal running event has once again been a massive success with foreign nationals from 11 countries participating in this year’s event.

Apart from being the premier marathon event in Namibia, the Lucky Star Marathon serves as a qualifier for the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons. The event is unique in the sense that the course follows the scenic main road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, where runners are able to enjoy the cold Atlantic Ocean on the one side, and the rolling sand dunes of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert, on the other side.



Etosha Fishing, Namibian home of the revered Lucky Star brand, is the main sponsor of the event and aims to promote community involvement and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle among the youth through this event. For this reason, significant focus is placed on involving schools from across the country. Athletes from participating schools are sponsored with transport, accommodation and food, allowing them to travel to Walvis Bay and participate in the event. For many children this opportunity also means seeing the ocean for the first time in their life.

The Lucky Star Marathon also supports the “Feet Forward” charity project, which collects and distributes running shoes for the less fortunate. For the fourth year running various schools and organisations in Cape Town, and for the second year organisations in Namibia, have collected shoes for schools participating in the marathon.

The project was started to support and promote running as well as other sports at the many schools around Namibia that participate in the Lucky Star Marathon. This year 10 schools have benefited from this initiative, which is sure to grow with future events.

The total participants for this year’s event according to the various categories are as follow:

  • 42km – 83
  • 21km – 187
  • 10km – 133
  • 10km relay – 95

Countries represented included: Brazil, Spain, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana and the United States of America.

This was also the first year that the marathon used fully integrated online technology to enhance the race experience. For the first time registrations were done online through the Etosha Fishing website (www.etoshafish.com.na), which has a dedicated section on the Lucky Star Marathon. Furthermore, timing of the athletes was done using real-time capturing technology provided by Finish Time, which allows for immediate availability of results.

A full listing of the marathon results, photos and video clips of the event, are available on the Lucky Star Marathon section of the Etosha Fishing website: www.etoshafish.com.na

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