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Victoria Falls marathon offers hope to community.

ZIMBABWE'S answer to ecotourism e·co·tour·ism  
Tourism involving travel to areas of natural or ecological interest, typically under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment.
 is an international marathon at Victoria Falls on August 23. Themed 'Come and Run in a New Zimbabwe', in past years proceeds have gone to AIDS orphans in the area, and this year schools in the Victoria Falls township of Chinotimba are set to benefit. Tourism companies Wild Frontiers, Wild Horizons and Safari Par Excellence supported by the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe pledged to show commitment to the New Zimbabwe and it's people by offering a full marathon, a half marathon and a five kilometre fun run. The marathon crosses the Victoria Falls bridge The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls and is built over the Second Gorge of the falls. As the river is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge links the two countries and has border posts on the approaches to both ends, at the  and into neighbouring Zambia, and runs relatively flatly through a National Park and World Heritage Site. Organisers are still seeking sponsors and planning for 1,000 participants. Operated to International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF IAAF
International Amateur Athletic Federation
) standards, packages for the marathon are available via Many travel companies or hotels based in the Victoria Falls contribute towards community efforts. Another project was created by Shearwater shearwater, common name for members of the family Procellariidae, gull-like sea birds related to the petrel and the albatross and including the fulmar. Shearwaters are found on unfrozen saltwaters all over the world, with 35 species in North America.  and Rani ra·ni also ra·nee  
n. pl. ra·nis also ra·nees
1. The wife of a rajah.

2. A princess or queen in India or the East Indies.
 Resorts along with safari guides from the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. Called Wisdom 4 Wildlife Trust, pupils aged around 13 years are given educational programmes about wildlife and plants, so allowing the youngsters to understand the importance of wildlife to the economy and the community. The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge also contributes to conservation having formed, along with local safari operator Charles Brightman, an anti poaching poaching: see cooking.  unit. The unit works with the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police The Zimbabwe Republic Police (or ZRP) is the national police force of Zimbabwe, known until July 1980 as the British South Africa Police. Structure
The force consists of at least 21,800 officers and is headquartered in Harare [1].
 in preventing wood and mammal poaching and snaring. Some ex offenders, now realising the commercial value of managing the environment and its wildlife thanks to education by the unit, earn a living using legitimate wood and making carvings for sale to tourists. The unit is supported by tourism organisations based in the area but has to now seek international private funding as operational costs have become unmanageable.

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Date:May 1, 2009
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