About 348 participants, comprising eighty seven teams of four, took part in Bank Windhoek’s Virtual Relay last weekend.

A first for Namibia, the charity-based event, which aims to encourage a healthy lifestyle and enhanced physical fitness to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, saw teams compete in three categories: women, men, and mixed groups, after registering via Webscorer.com.

Teams entered from Tsumeb, Aranos, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Henties Bay, Gobabis, Otjiwarongo, and Windhoek. Internationally, the Bank Windhoek Virtual Relay included teams from South Africa, Switzerland, and Australia. They ran or fast-walked 21.1 kilometres (km), 42.2km, or 63.3km, on the road, track, or a treadmill, at a time that was convenient for them and at their own pace.

“We had fun organising the Bank Windhoek Virtual Relay and participants similarly had the same experience due to its flexibility,” said the event’s organiser, Julie Mbaisa from Farm Windhoek Fitness.

Participating teams had 24 hours to complete their distance: from noon midday on Saturday, 1 August until noon midday on Sunday, 2 August 2020, Namibian time. Each runner or fast walker had to use an activity tracker app to track their activity. The teams then had to submit a link or screenshot of their activity for distance and time verification.

The top winning team’s results and times

On Wednesday, 5 August, the Bank Windhoek Virtual Relay hosted the awards ceremony in Windhoek. With COVID-19 social distance measures in place, the team’s sole representatives collected their awards on behalf of the rest of their teams.