The fifth round of the Gaborone adventure Challenge will this year be
sponsored by Nissan.
The Nissan Adventure Challenge 2009 will take place on June 14 2009.
The event was formerly sponsored by Nando’s for the past 4 years. The competition, which involves canoeing, bush running and mountain
biking, will this year boast more events, including Duathlon.
The competition will feature an optional canoeing section on Gaborone
Dam, a bush run over the iconic Kgale Hill to Mokolodi, then mountain
biking through Mokolodi Nature Reserve and back to the Yacht Club,
where it kick starts for a grand party and prize-giving.
The event organizers, Gaborone Cycling Club (GCC), also included schools in this year’s challenge.
The two categories for schools are junior and middle schools with children aged between 7 and 12 years.
Seven to nine year olds will do a one lap run of approximately 500m, then two laps on their bikes, while the 10-12-year olds do two and four laps.
Entrants from senior schools over 12 will be allowed to enter the main
event or the duathlon as a team or as individuals.
According to Peter Sekwale of the GCC, 150 people have already
registered for the event. He did not express concern over this even
though he pointed out last year there over 300 entrants registered. He
said that “for this event, people mostly register on the last day of
Sekwale further said that this year’s event will not differ much from
those from years past, adding that they, however, anticipate more
entries and more participation from Batswana.
“Nando’s pulled out because they are going to sponsor other events in
South Africa,” he said.
Stephen Verwey, of Broadhurst Motors (Nissan), said that they decided to
sponsor the Challenge because they want to promote healthy living.
“We also want to contribute to people’s wellness and assist in making a
happy event happen,” he said.
Verwey said that they hope that the partnership for the bush Challenge
will not be a short-term one, though he pointed out that they will
consider the success of the upcoming one first.
“We hope for a long-term partnership,” he said.
The day will not only serve as a sporting event but will also be a fun
filled day for family entertainment.
The registration fee is P250 per individual, and P500 for teams of 2- 4 people and relay teams of a maximum of 8 people pay P750 per team.
Children will register at a fee of P30 per child.