Lucky Star officially becomes Hangana Hake Run & Ride

Hangana Seafood, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, on Friday officially launched the Hangana Hake Run & Ride, ushering in a new era for the oldest coastal sporting event formerly known as the Lucky Star Marathon.
The Hangana Hake Run & Ride will take place on 7 October 2017 in Walvis Bay and online registrations are now officially open and can be done on the new event website www.hangana-hakerun.com.
Earlier this year Hangana Seafood indicated that it is taking over the torch from Etosha Fishing’s Lucky Star brand as main sponsor of the event after an announcement by Etosha Fishing in 2016 that it will no longer be able to sponsor this landmark coastal event due to financial constraints.
“I can assure you that other than the name change, the event will continue in the same proud tradition and format as before and where possible, we will continue to further improve and grow the event,” Hangana Seafood Managing Director, Herman Theron said at the launch. He noted that Hangana Seafood will continue to build on the legacy of the Lucky Star Marathon as a favoured sporting event at the coast, not only for locals but international participants alike. In recent times the event attracted participants from Southern African neighbours including South Africa, Botswana and Zambia and further afield including entries from the UK, the US, Germany, Portugal, Spain and even Japan.
The Hangana Hake Run & Ride features a marathon, half marathon, 10km fun run as well as a 105km road cycling, 21km mountain bike, 21km fat bike and 5km kiddies race. The 105km road cycling race is a Namibian Cycling Federation sanctioned event and the marathon is a qualifier for the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons. The Hangana Hake Run & Ride also remains part of the annual ‘Walvisfees’, a community event organised by the Dutch Reformed Church hosted on the same weekend in Walvis Bay, to ensure a fun filled race day for the entire family.
“In line with the O&L Group purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’, we are truly excited to add this event that encourages a healthy, balanced lifestyle, to our Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio, as we are confident it will make a positive impact on and enhance the lives of the community within which we operate,” Theron noted. He also highlighted the importance of the Hangana Hake Run & Ride as an economic booster for the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay within the ambit of sports tourism.
All participants are encouraged to visit the Hangana Hake Run & Ride website for all information related to the event and to register as registered participants will be updated on race developments through a direct communication platform built into the site.
The website also features a destination promotion page that has information links on Namibia and the Erongo region, as well as the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Participants can even browse and book accommodation establishments at the coast through the tourist information links provide Hangana Hake Run & Ride 2017 officially launched

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