At least 1,500 athletes take part in the race, which will include national and international runners.All is set for the Ngorongoro half marathon, an athletic race held annually in Karatu, a short distance from the famous Ngorongoro crater.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) is sponsoring the event. According to the conservation agency’s senior public relations officer Joyce Mgaya, the first 100 participants who registered first, will be given offer to visit the crater after the event. She said the athletic race would promote tourism in the area as well as conservation of natural and archaeological resources. The Race Director, Meta Petro, said this year has seen a high turnout of participants compared to the past years, attributing this to public awareness. Until last year, the first ten winners in each of the three athletic races – 21 kilometers, 5 km and 2.5km – are awarded cash and other prizes.
This year, the number of those eligible for awards has been increased to 15, he said, making a total of nearly 50.The 21km race will start from the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and end up at a sports stadium in Karatu town.

“We had trim down the number; thousands of athletes from foreign countries participate,” said the organizer, Meta Petro, adding that in future they intend to upgrade the event into ‘International level marathon’.
Ngorongoro Run starts at Loduare Gate entrance, which is gateway to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. From there, the runners will run towards Rhotia and back again for ‘finishing’ at ‘Mazingira Bora Grounds. Other events in the Ngorongoro Run include the 5 kilometers, fun race as well as the 2.5 kilometers, Children Race. The Ngorongoro Run is essentially a half marathon event fully backed by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), whose Acting Manager of Public Relations, Joyce Mgaya said the race help to promote attractions in the country’s most visited tourist destination.
“When it comes to Ngorongoro, people only think of the main crater but the Conservation Area has two other craters, including Olmoti and Empakaai, we also have the cradle for mankind at Olduvai Gorge as well as the oldest hominid footprints at Laetoli, not forgetting the miraculously shifting sand,” she said.