Kigali, Rwanda May 13, 2016- With over 200runners from across Rwanda, Saturday 7thMay saw the debut of the first ever marathon ‘CIMERUN’ in Bugarama organized under road safety awareness campaign by CIMERWA Ltd, Rwanda’s only integrated cement producer in partnership with local leaders and police.
Athletes and families enjoyed a welcome party at CIMERWA plant. Attendees from Rusizi district and even from different parts of the country took part in 10 Km and 5km runs that kicked off from8:30 am- 11: 00 am in Bugarma, Muganza sector, Rusizi district.
Participants in both categories enjoyed running in the new 11 km tarmac road recently built by CIMERWA, a road which connects the main road to Bugarama trade center and the factory.
10 Km race was won by Myasiro Jean Marie Vianney who took the lead, followed by the well-known runner in Rwanda, Nyirarukundo Salomé and after her came Niyonzaba Felix; while the 5 km run title was taken by Shyaka Olivier, Hitimana Abdoul as second, and Iranzi Celine as the third one.
Beyond the medal that every participant has been rewarded with, the first man and woman in 10 km race; Myasiro and Nyirarukundo were also given Rwf250, 000 cash prize, while Shyaka and Iranzi pocketed Rwf100, 000 each as the best in the 5km race.
During the event, Emile Habumukiza, Inspector of Police in Muganza sector, briefed the members oflocal community on road safety rules.
“First of all, I commend CIMERWA for organizing this important event which aims to tackle road accidents. I also take this opportunity to warn all the people mainly bicyclists who usually don’t follow road safety rules. I advise every one present to not walk on road without obeying traffic signs.”
Busisiwe Legodi, The Chief Executive Officer of CIMERWA, said that Bugarama is like home, that’s why this important event was organized in Bugarama, not elsewhere.
“CIMERUN exceeded our expectations; we thank all athletes and residents who took part in this competition. At CIMERWA, we strive to operate in a manner that gives back to the community that we call home.”
In addition, Busisiwe talked of CIMERWA being the strength behind the bag because the factory has built strong partnerships with leaders and members of the local communityby building the road, a nursery and primary school, medical clinic, and providing them with clean, piped water. The firm has also helped enterprising people set up a carpentry workshop, knitting and tailoring outfits.
The crowd was entertained by local music band, Charly na Nina and the day ended with a tour of the factory.
CIMERWA is looking forward to make CIMERUN an annual event as declared by Busisiwe in her address to the press soon after the competition.