The independence BOT50 half marathon is expected to attract between 5000 and 10 000 race organizers have revealed. The race is divided into three categories: 21km, 10km and 5km fun run.
Gaborone city mayor Kagiso Thutwe observed that the marathon has the potential to unite the nation hence his support for the event. “Marathons have proven potential to unite people across political, cultural and racial differences” observed the city mayor. Thutwe observed that the country’s 50 years celebration of independence festivities are expected to unite the nation and the half marathon will achieve the vision 2016 pillar of a united and proud nation.
Race organizer, Gaone Dixon explained that the race will comply with international standards. He said the race was open to local and international athletes.
The top three winners of the half marathon will get P50 000, P25 000 and P15 000 respectively. The 10km winners will pocket P10 000, P5 000 and 2 500 in that order
BAA official, Glody Dube said they have partnered with the organizers to help athletes prepare for upcoming continental races. “We are going to use the race to qualify for the Africa championships next year. The association also expects to benefit from the proceeds accrued from staging the event” explained Dube.
Dube said the BAA will be there to provide the technical support and also measure the race track so that the race adheres to all the race requirements.