Special marathons are steadily becoming side attractions at major cultural festivals.
The latest traditional area to embrace the long-distance road foot race is the Owirenkyi Traditional Council which has instituted 'Kushea Marathon' as part of the activities to celebrate this year's Kantamanto Festival of Assin Kushea in the Central Region.
Dubbed “The Kushea Marathon”, the special marathon will take place on Saturday, October 29 under the distinguished patronage of Ehunabobrim Prah Agyensaim VI, President of Owirenkyi Traditional Area.
Assin Kushea, located in the Central Region, is touted as the cleanest town in Ghana, with a very disciplined community.
It is also on record to have the biggest palace in the country, with many historic edifices.
The objective of the race, therefore, is to involve the youth of the traditional area in the festival as well as to promote the rich history of Assin Kushea.
The race, which has already received the backing of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), with the routes already certified.
To be run over 21 kilometres, the marathon is expected to attract athletes from all over the country and would commence at Assin Bunglow and end at the forecourt of the Assin Kushea Palace,
A statement from the organisers, Medivents Consult said, the race though it’s the maiden edition, would be one of the highest paid races in the country and would also be used as a tool to promote tourism in the area.