The inaugural iconic Kazungula Bridge Marathon is expected to impact and elevate both the economy and athletes’ status.
The marathon that is expected to draw both athletes and tourists is the first of its kind in Botswana. The organisers were inspired by new Kazungula Bridge that is connecting Botswana and Zambia.
The marathon which is Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) sanctioned has four categories. All the race categories will be run by both men and women or boys and girls, the categories are 42.2 km, 21.1 Km, 10 km fun run, and 5 km. the registration for the marathon started last week Thursday (1st July 2021). The month-long registration is expected to end on the 31st July 2021.
The race logo was revealed last week.
The Kazungula Bridge Marathon founder and Chief Executive of Obert Fitness, Obert Morgan outlined that “the logo captures the international aspirations of the Kazungula Bridge Marathon, and perfectly conveys how we are embracing the iconic bridge. We also ensured that the athlete in our logo represents all. We have represented our national colours in the design.”
Billed for Saturday 02 October 2021, in the Kasane and Kazungula areas, the event is the first of its kind and intends to directly impact the economy by elevating Sports Tourism in the Chobe region and Botswana as a whole. It’s also aimed at diversifying the country’s economy through sports explained the objectives of the marathon. Morgan further stated, “we are pleased with the level of enthusiasm and support we have received from the Chobe District leadership as well as our sporting governing bodies, BAA and BBotswana national Sport Commission (BNSC).
Morgan and his organizing team believe that looking at the magnitude of the event and the people they have in the committee they are destined for success. To stage a memorable event that will have appositive impact on all the participants and stakeholders. “An event of this magnitude, especially in these challenging times, needs visionaries who are also keen implementers. And we have both” Morgan observed. The next stage the organisers will be launching sponsors and partners during the month of July. Strict observance to all covid protocols will be adhered to the organizers promised.