The city of Francistown might soon have its own marathon next year if all goes to plan, says one of the organizers of the would-be race, Ben Tobetza. He told Sunday Standard that they have already hit the ground running in organising the race.
“There is still a lot to do, but I can just say we have also done a lot. As you may be aware there are already similar competitions in Gaborone and Selibe Phikwe. We will be liaising with organizers of such events and are currently busy negotiating with potential sponsors,” he said.
He added that the Francistown City Council has fully endorsed their concept, giving them full rights to organize and administer the event from next year and beyond.
Tobedza added that they will be working hand in hand with important stakeholders such as Botswana Amateur Athletic Association, the Botswana Police and the political leadership.
“As we negotiate with sponsors, we will also be looking at the naming rights sponsor. Sponsorships will be awarded different slots such as Platinum, Gold, Diamond and Silver,” he said.
Tobedaza added that they plan to hold the event in June and even amateur athletes are welcome.
He emphasized that different charities would benefit from the event. “There will be exciting categories for the event such as stiletto walk and wheel chair race. They will benefit both cancer patients and those recovering from accidents,” he said.
Up to 4,000 participants are expected to take part, the marathon coming at a time when there already is both the Selibe Phikwe and Steimetz Gaborone marathons. The latter has proved to be popular since it has attracted some high profile athletes from countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe.